Woman Killed Crashing Car Into KFC Identified By Police

LANDOVER, Md. (CBSDC) — Prince George’s County Police have identified the woman who died crashing her car into a Kentucky Fried Chicken Monday evening, injuring several others.

Hellena Louise Smith,29, was on Martin Luther King Jr. Highway around 6:30 p.m. on President’s Day when she lost control of her BMW. Prince George’s County police say she was traveling at a “high rate of speed” and lost control just before crashing into a man’s SUV. The man was in his SUV in the parking lot of the KFC, located at the corner of MLK and Sheriff Road.

ABC-7 reports Smith was allegedly caught speeding – on the Beltway – less than a month ago.

One witness gives her account…

Cpl. Henry Tippet said the driver of the SUV was backing his vehicle out from a parking space when the BMW drove into the lot, crashing into the SUV and the restaurant, shattering one of the larger KFC’s windows.

The driver came through her own windshield an died on the scene. The driver of the SUV was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Tippett added that the passenger of the BMW, a 31-year-old unidentified male, was also taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

ABC7 reports the driver of the BMW was ticketed just one month ago, in January for allegedly driving on a suspended license at 91 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone on the Capital Beltway. She also reportedly had expired tags at the time.

Cpl. Larry Johnson of Prince George’s County confirmed the driver’s age but has yet to cannot confirm the prior history of driving on a suspended license.


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