UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (Sept. 22, 2016)—State police report that a four vehicle crash in Upper Marlboro yesterday resulted in one death. Nicole Antoinette Watkins-Barnette, 36, of Glen Burnie, suffered traumatic injuries from the collision. Watkins was pronounced deceased at Prince George's Hospital.
The crash occurred at 12:44 p.m. at Northbound Pennsylvania Ave., north of Woodyard Road in Upper Marlboro.
The crash involved the following vehicles and individuals:
Vehicle 1: 2008 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by William Eugene Grove, age 49, Oak Hill, Virginia 20171;
Vehicle 2: 2002 Infiniti Q45, driven by Armondo Lynch, age 38, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772 and passenger Nicole Antoinette Watkins-Barnette, age 36, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21060 (DECEASED);
Vehicle 3: 2003 Mercedes E320, driven by Thomas Maurice Hutchinson, age 67, and passenger Zelphia Ann Hutchinson, age 65, both of Clinton, Maryland 20735; and
Vehicle 4: a 2013 Toyota Tundra, driven by Huy Nhat Tran, age 50, Lorton, Virginia 22079.
Troopers from the Forestville Barrack, upon arrival on the scene, found that the 2008 Chevrolet Silverado had collided into the rear of the 2002 Infiniti Q45 in lane 2. The Infiniti collided into the 2003 Mercedes E320 causing the Mercedes to collide into the rear of
the 2013 Toyota Tundra, which was hauling a trailer with a boat.
The driver and passenger of the Infiniti, Armondo Lynch and Nicole Watkins-Barnette, sustained serious injuries from the collision and were transported to Prince George's Hospital for treatment. Ms. Watkins-Barnette succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. Her next of kin were notified of her death at their residence.
Preliminary investigation revealed that Grove, driving the Silverado, was traveling northbound in lane 2 on Pennsylvania Avenue south of Woodyard Road. Grove failed to control his vehicle and subsequently collided into the rear of the stopped vehicles in lane 2 on northbound Pennsylvania Avenue north of Woodyard Road.
A collision reconstructionist responded to the scene and the investigation is ongoing.
State Highway Administration assisted with the lane closure. All northbound lanes were closed for approximately three hours.