Three dead, one injured in Odenton crash
Even strangers found themselves drawn to the scene of a horrific crash that claimed three young lives in Odenton.
"I wanted to come down and see where it happened...it's a shame these kids lost their lives like this," said Odenton resident Paul Crigger.
Officers were called to the area of Piney Orchard Parkway and Riverscape Road around 12:30 Sunday morning for reports of a single-vehicle collision.
Police say the driver, 22-year-old David Michael D'Augustine, and two passengers, Samuel Carl Schindler, 22, and Katherine Marie Warrington, also 22, were pronounced dead at the scene. All three were from Odenton.
Twenty-three-year-old Michael Lee Phillips was transported to University of Maryland Shock Trauma in life-threatening condition.
Best friends D'Augustine and Schindler were in the military. D'Augustine was based at Andrews Air Force Base; Schindler was in the U.S. Navy and based in Virginia Beach. Warrington was Schindler's cousin.
According to investigators, D'Augustine was driving his 2005 Subaru WDX southbound on Piney Orchard Parkway when he failed to negotiate a curve, left the roadway and struck a light pole. Still traveling south, the vehicle's right rear side then struck a tree, rolled and struck another tree, roof first.
All four occupants were trapped inside the Subaru.
Police say excessive speed appears to be a factor in the crash. It's unknown at this time whether additional factors played a role in the accident. Toxicology tests are pending.
Those who live in the area say speeding cars are a big problem even though the posted speed limit is 40.
"Honestly, everyday I see cars...10 to 20 doing 50 to 60 miles per hour...," said Odenton resident Yaphet Talley.
Neighbors say a speeding car took out a utility pole just north of Sunday's crash last week.
Mary Chelidona of Odenton added, "You're worried about somebody come flying down the road and misjudging it...and I have a 9 and a 7-year-old...who want to cross the street by themselves...and there's just no way."
A traffic circle hasn't seemed to help, and residents feared something tragic would happen eventually.
"It's just enough of a curve...where if you're traveling at a high rate of speed...you're going to miss it...," Talley said. "And what happened this weekend is going to happen...it's very sad."