Maryland State Police are investigating a two-vehicle collision in Jessup that left a man dead early Sunday morning.
Police said the driver of a 2015 Acura TLX was traveling northbound on Interstate 95 near Waterloo Road just after 4 a.m. when the vehicle struck the rear of a 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van, which was carrying eight passengers. The impact caused both vehicles to lose control and enter the center median where the Mercedes van overturned, police said.
The driver of the van, Jose Manuel Gomez, 38, of Glenn Dale was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The eight passengers were treated on the scene by Howard County emergency medical services personnel, according to police.
The other driver and sole occupant, Dejah Chareese Parker, 23, of Owings Mills was not injured in the collision.
Police said they believe alcohol may have been a contributing factor.
Northbound I-95 was shut down for approximately five hours following the collision, state police said, and troopers from the Waterloo barrack were assisted by the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, Howard County Police, Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration and Maryland State Police Crash team.
Maryland State Police said the collision remains under investigation.
Charges are pending after the outcome of the investigation and review by the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office, police said.