8 Dead after car plows into crowd watching street race — Accokeek, MD.
*NOTE* Before believing all the hearsay that has been floating around the forums the past day or so… weigh the evidence and wait for an official report from the investigators. Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.
Brief introduction to incident…
ACCOKEEK, Md. — A car plowed into a crowd that had gathered to watch an illegal street race on a suburban road early Saturday, killing eight people and injuring at least five others, authorities said.
Police said the white Crown Victoria was not involved in the street race but accidentally drove into the crowd of about 50 people that had spilled into the northbound lanes of the divided highway to watch two racing cars speed off.
Police interview the driver, but no charges are pending
Driver likely never saw the crowd when he plowed into bystanders, police say
Officer: “Probably one of the worst scenes I’ve ever seen”
At least five people were also hurt in the crash
ACCOKEEK, Md. — A car plowed into a group of street-racing fans obscured by a cloud of tire smoke on a highway Saturday, killing eight people and scattering bodies in the early morning darkness.
At least five others were injured in the gruesome wreck along a flat, isolated stretch of highway about 20 miles south of Washington known for illegal races.
About 50 people were gathered before dawn along Route 210 as two cars spun their wheels, kicked up smoke and sped off, said Prince George’s County police Cpl. Clinton Copeland.
Fans had spilled onto the smoky, dark road to watch the cars drive away when a white Ford Crown Victoria unexpectedly came up from behind and smashed into them.
Think twice before heading out to a street race… whether you’re a driver or a spectator…
Links to news reports from various news outlets w/ original titles…
(Links may become inactive after a period of time)
Notice the titles of these news stories. Biased much?
Also note: All the news sources changed their titles from “drag race” to “street race”.
8 Killed in Illegal Street Racing Crash – ABC2News
Drag race-related crash leaves 8 dead in P.G. County – Baltimore Sun
Car Hits Md. Street-Race Crowd; 8 Killed – The Examiner
Discussions about the incident on various forums…
MDStreetScene.com — https://www.mdstreetscene.com/forum/showthread.php?t=14820
RacersDen.net — http://racersden.net/forum/showthread.php?t=72108
AcuraZine.com — http://www.acurazine.com/forums/showthread.php?t=384968
ClubRSX.com — http://forums.clubrsx.com/showthread.php?t=548043
Mark Courtney, 33
Daryl Wills, 38
Maycol Lopez, 20
Blaine Briscoe, 49
William Gaines, 61
Ervin Gardner, 39
Otis Williams, 35
Milton Pinkney, 41