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Three people die in crash along Route 100 in Pasadena

Three people are dead after a crash along Route 100 in Pasadena Saturday night, police say.

Anne Arundel County police identified the victims Sunday as Brian Alexander Simmons, 44, of Accokeek, Maryland, Diona Trechele Baber, 39, of Fort Washington, and Willettee Luann S. Marshall, 41, of Upper Marlboro. Simmons was driving his BMW X5 Series with Baber and Marshall as passengers.

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Around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, an SUV was traveling westbound on Route 100, near the interchange with Route 10 North, at a high speed, said A.J. Gardiner, spokesman for Anne Arundel County Police. The vehicle veered off the road and struck a tree, killing the three people inside, Gardiner said.

“They uprooted it,” he said. “And when the vehicle finally came to a rest, the remainder of the tree was on top of the passenger compartment.”

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The speed limit on that part of the highway is 55 mph, Gardiner said, and traffic investigators estimated the vehicle was traveling faster. It left the roadway and started to rotate and overturn when it struck a large tree. All three people were pronounced dead on the scene.

An off-duty officer witnessed the crash called for assistance and rendered aid to the occupants until emergency responders arrived, police said.

The three victims were removed from the car and transported to the Chief Medical Examiners Office to be autopsied. Police are investigating the crash and believe alcohol is a factor, although toxicology results are pending.

Capital Gazette reporter Lilly Price contributed to this article.

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