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Silver Spring man indicted on 10 charges in I-95 incident

A 26-year-old Silver Spring man accused of ramming two vehicles on Interstate 95 just north of the Laurel line after asking his girlfriend "Are you ready to die?" was indicted yesterday on 10 related charges.

A Howard County grand jury returned an indictment on charges of attempted murder, assault, malicious destruction and reckless endangerment against Lonnie J. Gaines III, of the 11200 block of Oakland Drive, in the May 27 incident that left I-95 backed up for more than five miles during the afternoon rush hour.

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Gaines' girlfriend, April Dieng, told investigators that he recently had talked about killing himself, according to charging documents. On the day of the collisions, he asked Dieng if she was "ready to die" before accelerating to more than 100 mph and ramming the rear of a Honda, according to the documents.

Dieng said she jumped from Gaines' Kia Spectra before he rammed a Chevrolet van and the Kia ran into trees, according to the documents. Gaines was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment.


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