Posted on Dec 30, 2013

A serious car accident along Interstate 97 in Anne Arundel County left one man dead and sent two other people to the hospital. Maryland State Police continue to investigate the circumstances of the fatal Maryland car crash. Details are as follows:

A Pasadena man died on Friday, November 22 in a two-car accident along Interstate 97. Maryland State Police and members of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department responded to the scene of a serious accident just before 9 a.m. The accident occurred near the ramp for Route 100.

Lawrence Steven Bell III, a 25-year-old man from Pasadena, was attempting to merge onto the northbound lanes of the interstate from eastbound Route 100 in his Mazda 626 sedan. For reasons unknown, he reportedly lost control of his vehicle and veered directly into the path of a Ford F-250 pickup truck that was already traveling in the northbound lanes of I-97.

Bell was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. His two passengers, an unidentified 35-year-old woman from Severn and a 3-year-old girl from Severn, both suffered serious injuries in the accident. The woman was airlifted to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, and the girl was taken by helicopter to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore. A spokesperson for the Maryland State Police said that both passengers had serious, non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the pickup truck was identified as 32-year-old Joel Guzman Rojas of Annapolis. He and his front-seat passenger were taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie for treatment of injuries. His other two passengers were not injured. 

Police continue to investigate the accident. At this time, it appears that speed and road conditions may have been a factor in the accident, but alcohol was not. We express our condolences to the family of Mr. Bell. 

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