Reporting Chuck Carroll
HYATTSVILLE, Md. (CBSDC) — Two people died in a violent two-car collision early Friday morning in Hyattsville, authorities say.
The accident occurred at about 6 a.m. at the intersection of Riggs Road and Drexel Street in Hyattsville.
Prince George’s County police say a red Toyota Camry driven by 38-year-old Jose Cuevas Raudes was on Drexel Street turning right onto Riggs Road when it was struck by a dark-colored Acura. Police say the Acura was traveling south on Riggs Road when it lost control and crossed into the northbound lanes, striking the Camry on the front driver’s side.
Ana Mayen, who was behind the wheel of another car waiting to turn onto Riggs Road, said the Camry waited until the traffic light turned green before proceeding through the intersection.
“I saw the (Acura) was coming so fast, maybe 75 to 80 miles per hour,” Mayen said.
Mayen, who works as a nursing assistant, says she attempted CPR on 33-year-old Dilcia Gutierrez Vasquez, who was a passenger in the Camry.
“At one point I felt, like, her last breath,” Mayen said.
Vasquez was taken to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
Cuevas Raudes, the driver of the Camry, died at the scene, police tell WNEW’s John Domen.
The man driving the striking Acura was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Authorities confirm speed was a factor in the crash.
Brian Eldridge, who lives nearby, says he knew it was “worse than all the other accidents” because of the violent sound of the collision.
“You heard the tires screeching as if he didn’t have time to react,” said Eldridge.
As he stepped outside to survey the damage, Eldridge says it immediately became clear the man driving the Camry had been severely injured.
“He was kind of leaning toward the passenger side and he (had) two massive splits in his head,” he said.
Traffic on Riggs Road between Route 410 and University Boulevard was significantly impacted as police investigated the crash.
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