Multi-vehicle accident kills two on Beltway

Maryland (August 02, 2011)  According to Maryland State Police a six vehicle accident on the Capital Beltway near Exit 13-Ritchie Marlboro Road resulted in two fatalities, and two people seriously injured.  The accident occurred around 6:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-495, forcing authorities to close the Interstate in both directions during the rescue and reconstruction investigation.

The tragic chain reaction accident started when a 2006 Ford Freestyle, traveling northbound collided with a 1994 Honda Civic, driven by Rodolfo Amaya. The Ford Freestyle spun out of control and came to rest on the shoulder of the northbound lanes while the Honda Civic careened into a 1997 Toyota Camry, driven by Charline Starks.

Both the Camry and the Civic veered off of the left side of the Beltway, across the grass median, striking the guardrail to the southbound lanes of I-495.  The Camry came to rest in the left southbound lane.   Rodolfo Amaya’s Civic became airborne, flying into oncoming traffic, and landing on the roof of a 2006 BMW 330 driven by Candace Hewitt.  The Civic slid off of the BMW’s roof onto a 2002 Toyota Rav4, driven by Jose I. Buevara.  The sixth vehicle involved was a 2010 Honda Accord, driven by Linda Pike, which was hit with debris from the wreckage.

Candace Hewitt and Rodolfo Amaya were pronounced dead at the scene.  Candace Hewitt was a writer and producer for the Pentagon Channel.  She had previously worked on Primetime Live.  Charline Starks and Jose Buevara were seriously injured and transported to Prince George’s Hospital.

The driver of the 2006 Ford Freestyle has not been identified; he was questioned by police and taken into custody on suspicion of DUI.

Authorities reopened the Beltway just before noon.  The Maryland State Police are investigating the cause of the fatal accident. At this time no charges have been filed.

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