News Release, Prince George’s County Police Department

The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal collision in Accokeek late Monday night. The victim is 59-year-old Juan Menedez Castillo of Altenburg Court in Waldorf.

On February 18th, at approximately 9:55 pm, patrol officers were called to the area of Indian Head Highway and Berry Road for a collision involving three vehicles. The officers located Menedez Castillo unresponsive in one of the involved cars. He was taken to the hospital where he died a short time later.

The preliminary investigation reveals the victim was a passenger in a Ford Escape that was stopped at a red light on southbound Indian Head Highway and Berry Road. For reasons that remain under investigation, a Nissan Altima collided with the back of the stopped Ford, causing the Ford to collide with a third vehicle. The driver of the striking car suffered serious but preliminarily non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Ford also suffered serious injuries. The driver of the third vehicle suffered minor injuries. 

 We have continued aggressive enforcement along Indian Head Headway.  Since the beginning of the year, our officers have issued more than 3700 citations including 18 DUI arrests along Route 210.  We need the public’s partnership in these efforts to keep our roadways safe.   We are urging drivers to obey all driving laws and to keep your eyes on the road at all times.

David M. Higgins II is an award-winning journalist passionate about uncovering the truth and telling compelling stories. Born in Baltimore and raised in Southern Maryland, he has lived in several East...