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Victim of fatal Pylesville crash identified; speed, alcohol believed to be factors

Alcohol and speed are believed to have contributed to a Sunday night crash in Pylesville that killed a young Delaware woman returning from a trip to part of Rocks State Park, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

My Yuen Nguyen, 18, of Bear, Del., was in the front passenger seat of a Ford F-250 pick-up truck that hit a utility pole, ejecting her from the vehicle, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cristie Kahler said.

Police believe Ms. Nguyen was not wearing a seat belt; an exact cause of death will be investigated by the Office of the State Medical Examiner, Kahler said.

Ms. Nguyen and three other young people had been visiting the park's Kilgore Falls area, Kahler said.

The driver of the truck, Pedro Rivera, 23, of Wilmington, Del., was not injured, nor were the other two passengers, Gabriel Pineda, 18, and Yareli Garduno, 18, of Newark, Del.

"At this time, it is believed alcohol and speed were contributing factors," Kahler wrote in a news release. "Per policy, all fatal crashes are referred to the State's Attorney's Office for review and appropriate charges."

Kahler said she did not know the speed the truck was traveling.

The truck had been headed east in the 1000 block of St. Mary's Road at about 7:27 p.m., Kahler said.

Westbound St. Mary's Road was closed for two hours for accident reconstruction, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The crash was one of several reported in Harford County Sunday evening.

Harford Fire Blog reported crashes in the 500 block of Joppa Farm Road in Joppatowne, Routes 543 and 7 in Belcamp and on I-95 at Route 543.

The Harford County Fire and EMS Association reported a motorcycle crash on I-95 near Aberdeen in which one person was taken by ambulance to a regional trauma center. No further details were available Sunday night.

This report contains a correction from an early version. The Sheriff's Office had originally reported a different number of people in the vehicle; there were four.

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