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Police Identify 3 Killed, 3 Hurt in Aspen Hill Crash

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A downed traffic sign and torn up grass in the median at the scene of a three-vehicle crash on Georgia Avenue in Aspen Hill. (Photo credit: John Domen/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

A downed traffic sign and torn up grass in the median at the scene of a three-vehicle crash on Georgia Avenue in Aspen Hill. (Photo credit: John Domen/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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ASPEN HILL, Md. (CBSDC/AP) – Three people, including a child, are dead after a three-vehicle crash in Aspen Hill, police said.

The crash occurred just before 10 p.m. Sunday, Montgomery County police said, when a Nissan Sentra making a left turn from eastbound Kayson Street onto northbound Georgia Avenue was struck by a Volkswagen Passat and a Chevy Camaro, both of which were traveling southbound on Georgia Avenue.

Two of the vehicles ended up in the northbound Georgia Avenue lanes and the Nissan was split in two pieces, ejecting all four occupants.

Two passengers in the Nissan, identified as Felipe Pineda, 50, and Elizabeth Lemus, 4, both of Wheaton, were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Nissan, identified as Salvador Lemus Ramos, 39, of Wheaton, was transported to the hospital where he later died from his injuries. A third passenger, identified as Elba Pineda, 31, of Wheaton, was transported to the hospital in serious condition.

The driver of the Volkswagen, identified as Shaka Wakefield, 25, of Wheaton, and the driver of the Camaro, identified as Audias Sanchez, 35, of Wheaton, also were injured in the crash.

Thomas Clark and Jonathan Israel said they didn’t see the crash, but they heard it.

“I saw bodies all over the place, I saw debris,” Israel told WNEW’s John Domen. “Basically, I saw a man die right in front of me.”

Montgomery County Assistant Fire Chief Scott Graham said the child in the Nissan was in a child safety seat but the seat, which was strapped to the backseat of the car, was found flipped upside down on the sidewalk with the child still strapped in, Israel told WNEW.

“The whole back was wide open, so I’m guessing that everyone came out the back,” Israel said.

The crash closed all six lanes of Georgia Avenue for more than seven hours overnight.

The accident still is under investigation but police said speed may have been a factor.

WNEW’s John Domen contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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