One Dead in Stolen ATV Crash

BRANDYWINE, Md. (Aug. 8, 2008) – Maryland State Police are continuing their investigation into an early morning fatal crash on Route 301 involving a stolen ATV and motor vehicle.

The deceased operator of the stolen Honda ATV has been identified as Aaron D. Williams, 24, of the 9100-block of Susan Lane in Clinton, Maryland. He was pronounced dead at Prince George’s County Hospital Center.

The injured driver of a 1998 Dodge Neon is identified as Randy C. Barnett, 59, of the 3000-block of Hickory Valley Drive in Waldorf, Maryland. He is currently being treated at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and is in stable condition.

The injured passenger on the ATV is identified as Theodora N. Norris, 24, of the 8900-block of Temple Hill Road in Clinton, Maryland. She is currently being treated at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center for non life-threatening injuries.

Shortly before 2:00 a.m. today, troopers from the Forestville Barracks responded to Route 301 south of Cedarville Road for a reported serious motor vehicle crash. The preliminary investigation revealed that Williams, the operator of the stolen ATV and Norris, the passenger, both of whom had suspended driver’s licenses, were traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Route 301. The ATV struck the Dodge Neon that was traveling southbound head-on.

Further investigation revealed Williams was operating one of two ATV’s observed earlier this morning by Charles County Sheriff’s Deputies in a parking lot in Charles County. According to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, the operators of both ATV’s fled when deputies approached them. The ATV involved in the crash was reported stolen from Fairfax County, Virginia.

Maryland State Police Aviation Command and United States Park Police Eagle One responded to the scene. Route 301 was closed for approximately four hours while troopers from the Forestville Barrack and the Maryland State Police Crash Team investigated the incident. Maryland State Highway Administration also responded to the scene to assist with traffic direction.

Source: Md. State Police HQ

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