Posted on Feb 14, 2014

A man died and a woman was injured January 30 in a two-car collision along Interstate 270 in Frederick. Details of the Maryland car crash are as follows:

Sydney Prather, a 53-year-old man from Bethesda, died the evening of January 30 after losing control of his vehicle along the northbound lanes of I-270. Prather was driving a 2007 Hyundai northbound on the highway around 7:30 p.m. For reasons that are still under investigation, his vehicle started drifting off the left lane of the highway and into the center median just south of Route 80. In an attempt to get back onto the highway, Prather overcorrected, crossing the left lane of traffic and colliding with a 2012 Nissan that was also headed northbound in the second lane.

The impact of the crash caused Prather’s vehicle to hit an embankment and flip over onto its roof. Prather was pronounced dead at the scene of the Frederick accident. An initial police investigation suggests that Prather was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, which may have contributed to his injuries being fatal.

The driver of the Nissan was identified as 45-year-old Marsha Larson of West Virginia. She was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries. Her condition was unknown at press time.

Maryland State Police closed off the northbound lanes of the road for four hours to conduct an investigation. It is still unclear what caused Prather to lose control of his vehicle. Police noted that driver error contributes to a majority of Maryland car accidents along the busy two-lane highway.

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