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Driver Dies After Van Strikes Tree on Mountain Road

Police say excessive speed could be the cause of the crash that happened early Thursday morning.

UPDATE (11 a.m.)—A Baltimore man died early Thursday morning after crashing his van into a tree on Mountain Road near Fairwood Road in Pasadena, according to police.

According to a press release from Anne Arundel County police, they received two complaints of an intoxicated driver in a red Honda minivan with a Maryland tag at 12:56 a.m. Thursday. The van was reportedly crossing into Anne Arundel County from Baltimore City on Fort Smallwood Road near Cabot Road. A second complaint reported the same vehicle on Fort Smallwood Road near Kenton Road.

Police said an officer from the eastern district spotted the van driving erratically and swerving across the roadway on Fort Smallwood Road near Edwin Raynor Boulevard in Pasadena. According to the press release, the van sped up and out of sight when the officer turned on his emergency lights and siren.

The van was discovered at 1:05 a.m. after officers checked the area where the van was headed at Mountain Road near Fairwood Road. According to police, the van struck a tree causing fatal injuries to the driver—the only person in the vehicle. On Thursday just before 11 a.m., police announced the driver was Amon Samuel Whitee, 25, of Edith Court in Baltimore.  

Police said the evidence suggests excessive speed is a primary cause but it is unknown if alcohol or drugs were also contributing factors. The investigation is ongoing.

If anyone spotted the van or has information about this incident, please contact the Traffic Safety Section at 410-222-8573.

CORRECTION: This article was updated to reflect that the incident occurred on Thursday morning. Patch regrets the error.

John Holmes November 23, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Fortunate he just took himself out .................. pretty amazing people still drink and drive these days, especially with so much to lose, or only thinking of yourself. Maybe that's the problem.

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