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Two families are grieving this Thanksgiving after a wreck claimed the lives of two men in a multiple-vehicle accident in Gaithersburg.


The wreck was discovered by a Montgomery County police who was off duty. He drove up on the double fatality crash site on Airpark Road on Tuesday evening, shortly before 8 p.m.

A Laytonsville man, 67, was headed home from his computer consultancy position with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. According to his daughter, he had ridden the Metro in from D.C. Disembarking at Shady Grove, he set out for what would normally have been a 15-minute ride home. She stated, “He called to say he was leaving at 6:30 and by 10:30 he wasn’t home.”

As he headed west in his 2002 Volkswagen Passat, he collided head-on with an eastbound 1999 Honda Civic when its driver, a 27-year-old Gaithersburg resident, crossed over into the westbound lane.

The Civic also struck a Toyota Prius. That driver, 25, declined treatment at the scene. After the second impact, the Civic driver, who apparently was not wearing his seat belt, was ejected.

At that point, a 65-year-old man driving a 1997 Mercury Villager, struck him. Both he and the Passat driver died at the accident scene. The driver of the fourth vehicle also declined treatment.

Speed Could Have Caused Fatal Accident

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident. The spokesperson for the Montgomery County Police Department said,

“Investigators are looking at many things, to include speed.”

When the driver who likely was at fault in an accident is also killed, there cannot, of course, be any criminal charges filed. However, family members of the deceased may choose to seek justice by filing a wrongful death lawsuit in the Maryland civil courts.


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