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Posted at 5:11 PM ET, 02/18/2011

Driver killed on Beltway identified

By Matt Zapotosky

Maryland State Police have identified the tractor-trailer driver killed Tuesday night in a fiery three-vehicle crash that temporarily shut down portions of the Capital Beltway as Osborne H. Bailey, 57, of Charleston, S.C.

Maryland State Police said in a news release that they are still investigating what caused the crash, which occurred just after 11 p.m. on the inner loop of Interstate 495 at the D'Arcy Road overpass in the Forestville area.

State police have said the crash was sparked when a 2006 Kia Sorento traveling south on I-495 drifted onto the shoulder of the road and struck a disabled Dodge Caravan that had been left unattended there. The impact of that collision sent the Kia back onto the highway and into the path of Bailey's tractor-trailer, which had been behind the Kia, state police said. The tractor-trailer then collided with the Kia, ran into the bridge abutments for D'Arcy Road and caught fire, state police said.

Bailey was pronounced dead on the scene, police said. The driver of the Kia, Ricardo J. Powell, 29, of Forestville, was hospitalized with serious injuries that were not thought to be life threatening, authorities said.

No one has been charged with any crimes.

By Matt Zapotosky  | February 18, 2011; 5:11 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland, Traffic and Transportation  
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How does the driver of the Kia not get a wreckless driving charge among many others, someone died because of that idiot.

Posted by: DCFanatic | February 18, 2011 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like the Kia driver dropped his crack pipe on his lap..

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | February 19, 2011 5:57 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Powell was just finishing up his dinner and grabbing a phone call when his after dinner cigar dropped it's cherry between his legs.
I know you have all been behind mr. Powell at some point in time. You said: One of these days that guy is going to kill some body.

Posted by: nextonuthin | February 19, 2011 8:32 AM | Report abuse

to the last 3 dont knw what happened..if u dont have anything nice to say then keep your comments to yourself!!!!

Posted by: lifelovelaughter | February 19, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

What we do know is that Ricardo J. Powell was facing multiple charges of felony drug distribution. He was also being sued by GEICO insurance.

Check the court records yourself:

Posted by: bill_h_pike | February 19, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Wow, bill_h_pike!! Prayers to the victims.

Posted by: brandip_77 | February 19, 2011 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Prayers of strength to the Baily family. Any of us who drive could have been Mr. Bailey. Driving along, minding our business and then we cross paths with a negligent driver. I am hopeful appropriate charges will be announced in the near future.

Posted by: Ross65 | February 19, 2011 6:02 PM | Report abuse

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