1 killed, several injured in Landover crash; driver in custody

- A Springdale woman was killed Thursday after police said her vehicle was struck by a Laurel man who had no license and was wanted by police.

Maryland State Police say 53-year-old Angela Jefferson died after her burgundy GMC collided with a blue Chevy Silverado driven by 34-year-old Juan Sanchez.

A total of nine cars were involved in the collision on Largo Road (Route 202) at Lottsford Road in Landover. Three other people were sent to the hospital.

The crash happened shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday.

Charges are pending against Sanchez, who is now in police custody.

The collision was so violent that Jefferson's vehicle came apart. The rear bed of the truck landed in the roadway and the steering wheel with the airbag deployed separated from the vehicle and landed in the grass.

Witnesses said Jefferson was trapped inside her GMC and it took firefighters quite some to cut her out.

Witnesses also said Sanchez was driving recklessly on southbound Largo Road at a high rate of speed when he crashed. But police have not confirmed that information.

"Maryland State Police crash team is still trying to investigate exactly what happened and we are asking if anyone actually witnessed this crash to please call in to the Maryland State Police Forestville barracks to help us with this investigation,” said Maryland State Police Cpl. DaVaughn Parker.

The Maryland State Police reconstruction team spent hours mapping the collision as tow truck drivers removed the wreckage and cleaned up the debris.

Some witnesses described what they saw while others were too distraught to give their account.

“We do have witnesses who actually stayed behind and tried to help us with the investigation, so we took some written statements and everything,” said Cpl. Parker. “We actually have to have time to sit down and read through these different statements that people have made to kind of put this thing together. We don't know for sure how this person was driving until we actually go through all these witness statements and actually interview them all.”

Sanchez's sister told FOX 5 that he has epilepsy and he may have been suffering from a seizure when the crash happened. (RELATED: Family of driver in custody says epilepsy may have led to Landover crash)

In 2014 on New Year’s Day, Sanchez was arrested for DWI and speeding in Prince George's County. But he never showed up in court and was a fugitive from justice. His license was then suspended.

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