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(La Plata, Maryland) – On Sunday, August 30, 2020, at approximately 2026 hours, Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded for a report of a motor vehicle collision on Maryland Route 225 (Hawthorne Road) in the area of Adams Road in La Plata, Maryland.

Due to the seriousness of the collision, the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack requested a Collision Reconstruction Specialist (CRS) to assume the investigation. Senior Trooper W. Scarlett of the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded as requested.

A preliminary investigation conducted by Troopers indicates a 2007 Lexus ES350 operated by Derek Lorenzo Washington (46 yoa) of Indian Head, Maryland was traveling eastbound on Maryland Route 225 in the area of Adams Road. At the same time, a 2018 Toyota Camry operated by Luis Alcantara (43 yoa) of Indian Head, Maryland and occupied by a 13-year-old female of Indian Head, Maryland, Judith Alcantara (22 yoa) of Indian Head, Maryland, and Judith Acosta (51 yoa) of Indian Head, Maryland was traveling westbound on Maryland Route 225 in the area of Adams Road.

For unknown reasons, the operator of the Lexus failed to drive in a single lane and crossed the center line. The Lexus entered the westbound lane of Maryland Route 225 and collided off-set head-on with the Toyota.

Mr. Alcantara, Ms. Alcantara, and Ms. Acosta were transported by the Maryland State Police Aviation Command to Washington Hospital Center/MEDSTAR for treatment of their injuries. The 13-year-old female was transported by Maryland State Police Aviation Command to Children’s National Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.

Mr. Washington succumbed to his injuries on the scene and was pronounced deceased.

Troopers were assisted on scene by the State Highway Administration, La Plata Volunteer Fire Department, Charles County Sheriff’s Office, Charles County Emergency Services Special Operations Division and the Maryland State Police CRASH Team.

Anyone who may have witnessed this crash is asked to contact the Duty Officer at the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack at (301) 392-1200.


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