State police at the Annapolis barracks are investigating a multiple-vehicle crash about 10:45 a.m. yesterday on U.S. 50 that killed a female passenger and injured the driver of the car.
Viktor Prifti, 57, of Springfield, Va., was driving a 1990 Toyota Camry south on Interstate 97 and was trying to head west on U.S. 50 when he failed to yield to traffic, police said.
Police said the Toyota left the on-ramp to U.S. 50 and crashed into a 2005 Peterbilt tractor-trailer driven by Terrance Brooks, 30, of Humboldt, Tenn. The Toyota then hit a 2006 Dodge Caravan driven by John Brown, 77, of Washington before striking a concrete median wall, police said. The Toyota re-entered the travel lanes and struck a 2007 Kenworth tractor-trailer driven by Kevin Hoban, 50, of Frostburg, police said.
Police said Prifti was taken by ambulance to Prince George's Medical Center in Cheverly, where he was in serious condition.
His passenger, a woman whose identity was being withheld pending notification of relatives, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said the truck drivers and the occupants of the Dodge Caravan were not injured.
State police in Pikesville said that as of yesterday, 383 people have died on the state's roadways this year compared with 403 at this time last year.