LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) – Police say a fatal crash that had a portion of the Capital Beltway closed for several hours Friday involved an 18-year-old civilian police cadet.
The unmarked 2006 Ford Expedition driven by the cadet, who works for the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division of Maryland State Police, struck two vehicles on I-495 near the Route 50 exit on the outer loop, according to police.
The victim is identified as 59-year-old Karen Holt-Williams, of Temple Hills. Following the collision, which occurred shortly after 8:30 a.m., she was transported to Prince George’s Hospital Center where she was pronounced dead.
The driver of the Maryland State Police vehicle is identified as Cadet Sebastian L. Reyes. Reyes has been employed as a cadet for eight months. He and the other State Police cadet riding with him both refused treatment.
A third driver said she was not injured in the crash. Her passengers also reported no injuries.
Investigators say Reyes was on the inner loop of I-495 when he used a crossover for emergency vehicles south of Route 50 to access the outer loop and head in the opposite direction. He pulled into the fast lane of the outer loop and accelerated to what witnesses described as a high rate of speed. He then lost control and sideswiped a 2000 Lincoln, driven and solely occupied by Holt-Williams.
The Lincoln then skidded into the left lane, striking the jersey wall. The Ford Expedition went into a spin and then struck a 2011 Subaru Outback driven by Nash.
The Maryland State Police Crash Team responded and is conducting a detailed crash investigation. Troopers notified the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office of the crash and a member of that office responded to the scene. When complete, the State Police crash investigation will be presented to the State’s Attorney’s Office for review and a determination of possible charges.