UPDATE 1/9/2019: On January 9, Nadia Mourtaj, 21, of Waldorf was pronounced deceased as a result of injuries she sustained in a car crash that occurred on December 31. Nadia was driving a passenger car northbound on St. Charles Parkway near Gateway Plaza in Waldorf when she lost control of the vehicle, which left the roadway and struck a tree.

Her 15-year-old sister, Zeyneb Mourtaj, a passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced deceased on the scene. An 18-year-old relative, Meklit Techlehaimanot, who was also in the car, suffered a broken arm.

Since the crash, Nadia had been in a hospital in critical condition until she passed away earlier this morning. Cpl. K. Syvertsen of the Traffic Operations Unit is continuing the investigation.


UPDATE 1/1/2019 12:39 p.m. – On December 31, 2018, at 4:22 p.m., the driver of a Mercury Milan passenger car was traveling northbound on St Charles Parkway just north of St Marks Drive in Waldorf when the vehicle started skidding, left the roadway and struck a tree. 

The driver, Nadia Mourtaj, 21, was taken to Charles Regional Medical Center and then transported to Washington Medical Center where she is in critical condition. 

The front seat passenger, Meklit Teclehaimanot, 18, was transported to Prince George’s Hospital where she was treated and released. The rear seat passenger, Zeyneb Mourtaj, 15, was pronounced deceased on the scene.

The Mourtajs are sisters and Teclehaimanot is a relative. All three are from Waldorf. Cpl. K. Syvertsen of the Traffic Operations Unit is continuing the investigation.


UPDATE 7:40 p.m.- S: Road Open- St Charles Pkwy is open in all directions


UPDATE 4:51 p.m.- One person has been extricated from the vehicle. CPR is being performed on a second victim, and a third person has been declared deceased.

MEDEVAC has been requested, but is down due to weather.


St. Charles, MD- A single vehicle crash multi-vehicle collision  has closed the Northbound lane of the St. Charles Parkway between St. Mary’s Drive and Gateway Plaza (near Nicks of Clinton).

Units are reporting multiple injuries with a person trapped.

Watch for emergency vehicles, and expect extended delays.

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