Four Die in Glen Burnie Head-on Crash Sunday Afternoon
This accident didn’t take place in South County, but it is a stark reminder that there will be a lot of people on the roadways this week. Please drive carefully—accidents like this are 100 percent preventable. The following is from Anne Arundel County Police spokesman Frank Tewey.
On Sunday afternoon, four people died as a result of a head-on crash in Glen Burnie. The police Traffic Safety division is continuing to investigate, but the preliminary report indicates that a 2009 Mazda 3 driven by Joseph Allen Oliver, 30, was traveling northbound on Marley Neck Boulevard at around 1:30 p.m. when he tried to pass other cars.
Police said that Oliver crossed the double-yellow line then collided head-on with a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am driven by 21-year-old Brittney Marie Ziegler of Pasadena. Both cars had passengers who were also killed. Oliver was accompanied by Crystal Jean Benton, 18, of Laurel, while Ziegler was driving with 3-year-old Lilly Renee Gross of Glen Burnie. All four were pronounced dead the scene.
Marley Neck Boulevard is a two-lane road that connects Fort Small Road and Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard. In all, the road is 3.5 miles long.
According to the initial investigation, after the head-on collision, Ziegler’s car overturned and traveled backwards about 75 feet before coming to rest on the east side of the roadway. The Mazda driven by Oliver continued northbound after the crash scene for another 100 feet. There, it broke apart and cam to rest in the southbound lane. The engine landed in a wooded area about 60 feet west of the roadway. The Mazda passenger, Benton, was ejected from the vehicle after it broke apart.
Police believe that excessive speed was considered a major contributing factor. Police continue to investigate to determine whether drugs or alcohol played a role.