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Police identify four who died in Md. 31 crash

Three Carroll residents under 21 years old — one of whom was pregnant — were among the four killed Tuesday afternoon in a crash on Md. 31 in Westminster that authorities said involved excessive speeding by one of the vehicles involved.

Law enforcement released the names of those involved in the crash Wednesday afternoon.

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The driver of the vehicle that investigators say caused the accident was identified as Joshua Paul Summers, 30, of Baltimore. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A fatal crash that killed four people closed Md. 31 outside of Westminster for hours Tuesday October 17, 2017. (Emily Chappell / Carroll County Times)

Officials identified the other deceased as Brittany Ellen Livesay, 19, of Union Bridge; Kirk Douglas Callis Jr., 20, of Hampstead; and Breanna Marie Evans, 19, of Union Bridge.

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Investigators say Summers was driving a 2011 Infiniti G37. Summers formerly lived in New Windsor, according to a news release from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.

Summers was also known to use the name Joshua Paul Devine, which is how his name is displayed on his most current MVA documentation, according to the release. He had several run-ins with the law over the past 11 years, some involving traffic infractions.

After striking a second vehicle, which sustained minor damage, the Infiniti G37 collided head-on with a 2000 Mercury Cougar, driven by Livesay, according to the release. Livesay was pregnant at the time of the collision, police said.

Two others were in the vehicle with Livesay. Callis Jr. was in the front passenger seat and Evans was in the rear passenger seat.

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The other vehicle involved was a 1998 Infiniti Q45, driven by James Johnson, 70, of New Windsor. Lyndsay Stauffer, 31, of Westminster was a passenger in the car. Neither was injured, according to the release.

The Sheriff's Office said Summers was traveling approximately 100 mph when he lost control of his vehicle.

The preliminary investigation showed that the Infiniti G37 had passed another eastbound vehicle and clipped the Infiniti Q45, before losing control and striking the Mercury Cougar, according to the news release.

"What I saw was one of the most disturbing accidents I have ever seen," Sheriff Jim DeWees said. "The reckless actions of another individual severely altered the course of so many lives. It truly is a shame, and I don't understand why someone got behind the wheel and drove the way he did."

The deceased were transported to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore, according to the release. The Medical Examiner's Office still has toxicology reports that need to be completed, DeWees said.

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office Crash Reconstruction Unit is continuing the investigation.

"We will reconstruct the collision regardless of whether there's a prosecution or not. The families deserve to know whatever we can find out about that incident," DeWees said.

DeWees added that the response from the local fire departments and law enforcement was "extremely professional and they did outstanding work under very difficult and disturbing conditions."

Carroll County Times staff writer Michel Elben contributed to this story.



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