REISTERSTOWN, Md. (WJZ) — The driver of a vehicle involved in a crash on MD Route 30 on Hanover Pike that closed the road for hours Tuesday morning has died.
Maryland National Guard Staff Sgt. Dinora Aracely Flores, 33, of Damascus, was stopped in the left turn lane of northbound Route 30 at Rue Saint Lo Drive in her 2013 Ford Fusion around 7 a.m. when she was rear-ended by a flatbed truck driving north on Route 30.
The flatbed truck pushed her into the oncoming path of a tractor-trailer truck that was traveling southbound on Route 30 through the intersection.
Flores was taken to Sinai Hospital but died around 11 a.m.
“Everyone was just beside themselves,” Kurt Rauschenberg of the Maryland National Guard said. “It’s one of those moments you take a step back and deep breath and think to yourself you just lost one of our own today and that hurts.”
Flores worked full-time as a supply Non-Commissioned Officer for the Recruiting and Retention Battalion at Camp Fretterd Military Reservation in Reisterstown, Md.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Flores family at this most difficult time,” said Maj. Gen. Linda L. Singh the adjutant general of Maryland. “The loss of one of our own is always very difficult, and little can be said to ease the pain, but we must remember Staff Sgt. Flores’ dedication to our nation and state and honor her service.”
Gov. Larry Hogan ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Flores.
Hogan released a statement, saying:
My heartfelt condolences go to the loved ones of Staff Sgt. Dinora Flores, whose life was suddenly cut short after a terrible car accident outside of Camp Fretterd earlier today.
Sgt. Flores was a 10-year veteran of the Maryland National Guard. She served our state and country with great distinction. I ask all Marylanders to keep the Flores family in your prayers at this difficult time.
I have ordered Maryland flags to fly at half-staff until the day she is laid to rest.
The Maryland National Guard also released a statement saying, in part, “The Maryland National Guard is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our Soldiers.”
The Baltimore County Police Crash Investigation Team is continuing their investigation into this deadly crash.