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Teen Charged in Relation To Fatal Pr. George’s Co. Crash

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Ronald Jerome Hayes Jr. (Photo credit: Prince George’s County Police)

 

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Police are searching for a teenager they say was involved in a fatal crash in Capitol Heights Saturday night.

Ronald Jerome Hayes Jr., 18, is charged with vehicular manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, theft and traffic charges. There is a cash reward for information leading to his arrest and indictment.

Around 10:45 p.m. Saturday, police were called to the intersection of Hill Road and Central Avenue.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Hayes was driving a stolen car at an excessive speed northbound on Shady Glen Drive approaching Central Avenue. His car slammed into a van in the intersection.

Six people, including two children, were inside. The driver, 23-year-old Brittney Everett, and a passenger, 21-year-old Brittney Queen, were both pronounced dead on the scene. The four other passengers are now listed in stable condition.

Prior to the crash, police say, patrol officers had been called to the 7000 block of Walker Mill Road for the report of shots fired. Responding officers tried to pull over a car leaving the area of the reported shooting but the driver, Hayes, fled the scene. The officers pursued the car but Hayes was able to get away.

It was only a short time later when the accident occurred. Hayes ran from the scene of the crash but patrol officers caught up with him a short time later. Hayes suffered only minor injuries. He was temporarily hospitalized in D.C., and left the hospital before he could be charged with a crime.

Hayes’s passenger was also injured and is still in the hospital.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit at 301-306-5640. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411 TIPS (8477), text “PGPD” along with a message to CRIMES (274637) on a cell phone, or go to http://www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.

The preliminary investigation also reveals prior to the crash, patrol officers had been called to the 7000 block of Walker Mill Road for the report of shots fired. Responding officers tried to pull over a car leaving the area of the reported shooting. Instead of stopping, the driver, Hayes, took off. The officers began to pursue the car. As the suspect continued to flee at a high rate of speed, he was able to pull away from the officers. The suspect turned off his headlights and moments later entered the intersection where he slammed into the victims’ car. After the crash, Hayes ran from the scene. Patrol officers found him a short time later hiding. The car he was driving had been stolen.

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