1 dead after crash involving 5 vehicles on Beltway’s Inner Loop

A man is dead and a pedestrian injured after a multivehicle crash in Prince George’s County, Maryland, on Sunday morning.

The crash involved five vehicles, and a pedestrian who was trying to help. It occurred shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday on the Capital Beltway’s Inner Loop at Central Avenue, according to a news release from Maryland State Police.

The deceased has been identified as 46-year-old Fredys Castillo Rivas, a resident of Upper Marlboro. Rivas drove a white Chevrolet Impala that had stopped at the scene of the original accident to provide assistance.

The injured pedestrian was identified as 44-year-old Jarryd Brown of Silver Spring. Police say Brown had pulled his vehicle over on the shoulder, and had walked across highway lanes to assist other drivers. He is currently receiving medical attention at the University of Maryland’s Capital Regional Medical Center.

After a preliminary investigation, police say a black Dodge Crossroad rear-ended a white Chevrolet Cruze in lane one of the Beltway. After both vehicles had come to a stop, another driver, later identified as Brown, stopped his vehicle on the shoulder to assist the other drivers.

Brown had exited his vehicle and was in lane two of the Beltway when a driver in a gray Nissan Sentra traveling in the same direction hit both the disabled Dodge Crossroad, and Brown, the release said.

Moments later, a third crash occurred after a white Chevrolet Impala, driven by Rivas, stopped in lane three near the scene of the crash to provide assistance. Before Rivas could exit the vehicle, the Impala was struck by a black GMC Acadia.

Police say drivers from all five vehicles and Brown were taken by ambulance to a hospital. Rivas later died of his injuries.

All lanes of the Inner loop near Central Avenue were closed for over two hours due to the crash. MSP says that the investigation into the crash will continue.

WTOP’s Andrew Alsbrooks contributed to this report.

Joshua Barlow

Joshua Barlow is a writer, composer, and producer who has worked for CGTN, Atlantic Public Media, and National Public Radio. He lives in Northeast Washington, D.C., where he pays attention to developments in his neighborhood, economic issues, and social justice.

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