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Two killed in Pr. George's crashes

Matt Zapotosky

Two people were killed in separate vehicle crashes in Prince George's County Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, authorities said.

The first crash occurred just after 8 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Branch Avenue and Brandywine Road in the Brandywine area, according to a Maryland State Police news release. Police said a white Nissan Armada traveling south on Branch Avenue collided with two other vehicles -- one traveling the same way and the other stopped at a red light -- and with a light pole, state police said. The crash ejected the driver from the Armada, which eventually came to rest after it struck another vehicle on Brandywine Road, state police said.

The Armada's driver, Willie Eddie Sligh, was pronounced dead on the scene of the crash, police said. No other information -- including Sligh's age and residence and what caused the crash -- was immediately available.

The second crash occurred just after 4:30 a.m. Wednesday on Route 214, just east of Jennings Mill Drive, state police said. Police said a 2010 Hyundai Elantra headed east veered off the roadway and hit a tree, and the driver was thrown into the roadway. Several passing vehicles then hit the man, who was pronounced dead on the scene, police said. The other vehicles did not remain on the scene, police said.

It remains unclear what caused the man to veer off the roadway. Police said they are still working to identify him.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky  | November 3, 2010; 12:15 PM ET
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Hey look, I don't mean to sound fickle, but are all Maryland drivers crazy? I mean this guy crashes into a tree, gets thrown into the roadway, several other cars mow him over for good measure and don't even stop to help. Did I miss something here or has the thought of humanity left the minds of most Maryland drivers? I wonder which is worse, the way Maryland drivers crash into things at high speeds or the way other drivers react in Maryland if you do have an accident?

Posted by: hogfarmer55 | November 3, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

We Marylanders use common sense in accidents involving bodily injury. If we hit a pedestrian or cause a person to be thrown from a vehicle, we try to drive back over them -- to make sure they can't sue us, or worse!

Posted by: clitteigh | November 3, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

psutae and DCFanatic should remember the Posts rules - use language that kids could read without blushing - or is that just too much to ask?

Posted by: wrightsl2 | November 3, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

It's really sad how negative comments are on this site, especially after such a tragedy. Not one condolence for the children or family of the deceased, or for anyone involved in these accidents. Just pointless and crude comments and insults.

Condolences to the families of everyone involved.

Posted by: brandip_77 | November 3, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

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