Two-car collision kills 1, injures 3 Monday in Laurel

The Prince George’s County Police Department is investigating a two-car collision that killed a 46-year-old woman on Monday in Laurel.

Police were called around 5:25 p.m. on Oct. 23 to the intersection of Laurel-Bowie and Bowie roads, where Lucia Espirtu-Cortez, of Laurel, was one of two passengers in a van along with the driver. Police said the driver of the van was traveling on northbound Laurel-Bowie Road.

When the driver attempted to turn left onto Bowie Road, police said another vehicle, traveling on southbound Laurel-Bowie Road, struck the van. Espirtu-Cortez was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Police said the van’s driver and second passenger and the second vehicle’s driver suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The department’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit continued to investigate the fatal crash Tuesday evening, police said.

Anyone with information should call the Prince George’s County Police Department at 301-731-4422. Callers who want to remain anonymous can call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS, text CRIMES (274637) or go to

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