NEWS RELEASE: Second person dies in Laurel collision on I-95

The passenger in a vehicle that drove into southbound traffic on I-95 in Laurel yesterday has died overnight at the hospital. The driver was pronounced dead shortly after the incident.

Malik Emmanual Britton, 24, of Laurel, was driving the 2004 Toyota Camry and Jonathan Asare Somuah, 21, of Silver Spring, was the front-seat passenger when the car was struck by a tractor trailer just before 2:30 p.m.

The incident began when police were responding to a call for drug activity in the Toyota in the 9100 block of All Saints Road. The driver of the Toyota, Britton, suddenly accelerated and fled from the scene. Officers attempted to stop the car, but Britton drove onto northbound I-95 at Route 216. According to witnesses, he tried to make an illegal U-turn into the southbound lane of I-95 at a high rate of speed, lost control and was struck by the tractor trailer.

Both Britton and Somuah were taken to the Shock Trauma in critical condition, where they were later pronounced dead. Neither was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Inside the Toyota, police found large quantities of drugs and cash, and two digital scales.

The driver of the tractor trailer, Keith Hansen, 58, of Virginia, was taken to Howard County General Hospital with minor injuries. A third vehicle, a Subaru Forester driven by Dorrel McLaren, 60, of Laurel, was run off the road after also being struck by the Toyota during the incident. McLaren was also taken to Howard County General Hospital with minor injuries.

The southbound lanes of I-95 were closed until around 8:20 p.m.


The original story can be found here: Howard County Police investigating fatal crash on I-95 in Laurel

Scott E