The first fatal accident occurred along southbound Interstate 270 during morning rush hour on Wednesday, December 14. The Montgomery County accident happened near the Germantown exit around 6:45 a.m.
In total, the collision involved four vehicles and a pedestrian. The crash started when a tractor-trailer hit and killed a pedestrian. The man, whose name has not been released, was apparently trying to cross all eight lanes of the highway when he was hit.
Maryland State Police are still investigating the crash but have not made any charges. A portion of the interstate was closed for two hours, leading to a mile-long backup for commuters.
Another man died early Saturday morning, December 17, in Temple Hills.
Byron Hilton, 22, lost control of his Jeep Cherokee around 4:30 a.m. as he was exiting the ramp from the Capital Beltway to eastbound St. Barnabas Road.
His vehicle left the road and rolled over. Hilton, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle and then pinned under it. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Maryland State Police said there were signs of alcohol at the scene, but they do not know if alcohol caused the crash. The Prince George’s County accident is still under investigation.
The southern Maryland accident lawyers at Nickelsporn & Lundin express their deepest sympathies to the families of the men who lost their lives in these two accidents.