Alcohol was believed to be a factor in a three-car accident in Charles County yesterday afternoon that left three people dead -- including two 6-year-old children -- and a 2-year-old toddler seriously injured.
Police said that the accident occurred in the business district of LaPlata, at the intersection of U.S. 301 and Route 225, when a 1987 Mazda pickup truck went through a red light and slammed broadside into a 1985 Nissan Sentra. The Mazda rolled over and hit a 1988 Jeep Cherokee, which was stopped at a traffic light.
The driver of the pickup truck, David Ronnie Fenwick, 25, of Pomfret, suffered facial injuries and cuts on his back. He was flown to Prince George's Hospital Center, where he was listed in stable condition last night.
His 6-year-old daughter, Rokita Fenwick, was fatally injured. A 2-year-old son, David Ronnie Fenwick Jr., was flown to D.C. Children's Hospital and listed in serious condition last night.
Also killed were the driver and only passenger in the Nissan, Dolores Louise Grove, 31, of the Charles County community of Newburg, and her 6-year-old son, Eric Grove.
The Jeep's two occupants, driver Harry A. Shasho, 39, and his 15-year-old son, Christopher Shasho, of LaPlata, were not hurt, authorities said.
Lt. William Saunders of the Charles County sheriff's department said that alcohol was suspected to be a contributing factor, and that the accident will be reviewed by the county state's attorney's office before any charges are lodged.