Two Reisterstown teenagers died early Thursday after being ejected from a car that crashed on the Beltway in Baltimore County, according to state police.
The fatal accident occurred on the outer loop of Interstate 695 near Providence Road at about 1:18 a.m., Maryland State Police said.
A 2000 Honda Accord hit a guard rail on the highway’s right shoulder and drifted across the road before stopping in the center lane, police said. Matthias Listwan, 18, and Hannah Goodman, 15, were riding in the backseat of the car and were ejected during the crash, according to police. Listwan was pronounced dead at the scene, and Goodman was taken to Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson, where she was pronounced dead, police said.
As of Thursday afternoon, police were still investigating the crash and working to determine who was driving the car. The two front-seat occupants were identified as Neiko Ali Reese Staton, an 18-year-old Reisterstown resident, and a 17-year-old from Taneytown, whom police did not identify due to the ongoing investigation.
Staton fled the scene on foot but was found on the ramp to Providence Road shortly after, police said. Both Staton and the 17-year-old were taken to Sinai Hospital for treatment, police said.
State police spokeswoman Elena Russo said investigators suspect that alcohol and speed may be factors in the accident.
Tony Bruno, a real estate agent who was driving home to Westminster, said he was one of the first people to come upon the crash scene.
He said the back end of the Honda sedan was “completely destroyed” and resting in the lane next to the left lane. The bumper had torn off and was stuck in the right guardrail, he said.
Bruno said he ran over to a young girl, who was lying on the pavement, and called 911.
”Hurry up! Hurry up!” he recalled shouting to the dispatcher on the other end of the line. “She’s breathing.”
An off-duty firefighter and off-duty paramedic arrived moments later, Bruno said, and began performing first aid. They saw her chest moving just slightly as she appeared to gasp for breath. Another passerby held her hand until paramedics arrived.
”We told her, ‘Hang in there sweetheart, help’s on the way,’” Bruno recalled. “You’re going to be OK.”
Bruno has two daughters and said he was thinking about them the whole time.
He said he wanted Goodman’s family to know that “when she passed, someone was there with her,” Bruno said. “She didn’t pass alone. My whole mindset was that I would want someone to do that for my daughter.”
Family members of Listwan and Goodman said they were mourning and declined to comment. No one answered the door at Staton’s listed address.
Staton was wanted on an outstanding warrant for an unrelated traffic offense in Baltimore County, according to police. He was taken to the Baltimore County Detention Center and is awaiting appearance before a court commissioner.
Update (12:25 Aug. 2): This article has been updated to include more details about the crash and the victims’ identities.