Infant critically injured in Beltway crash in Capitol Heights

5:21 AM, Aug 19, 2013   |    comments
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Beltway crash in Capitol Heights

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Md. (WUSA) -- An overnight crash on the Beltway has left an infant hospitalized with life threatening injuries, and police say alcohol and aggressive driving are to blame.

Maryland State Police say Troopers were called to a crash involving a Nissan Altima and a tractor trailer on the Inner Loop near Exit 13 (Ritchie Marlboro Rd.) shortly after 10:00 Sunday night. According to Mark Brady, spokesman for Prince George's County Fire and Rescue, crews responded to the scene where they found an infant passenger of the Nissan suffering from life-threatening injuries and two adults still trapped inside the vehicle. Both adults were extricated and transported with non-life-threatening injuries. The child was taken to Children's Hospital in critical condition. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured.

According to a release from MSP, the preliminary investigation into the crash indicates the Nissan was driving southbound on the Inner Loop when the driver, 21-year-old Davonte Moon, lost control of the Nissan and struck the center median guardrail. The vehicle apparently bounced off the rail back into on coming traffic when it was struck by the tractor trailer.

Police believe Davonte Moon was driving aggressively while under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. So far no charges have been filed.

The violent collision blocked the Inner Loop of the Beltway for several hours while MSP investigated the incident and worked to clear the wreckage. The roadway reopened shortly before 3:00 a.m.

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