ELKTON — Two people were killed early Tuesday afternoon when their car veered of an Elkton-area road and crashed into a tree, according to Maryland State Police.
MSP officials identified the victims as Newark, Del., residents Kaitlyn N. Lewis, 19, and Malik J. Chambers, 28, and reported that paramedics pronounced them dead at the crash scene. Lewis was the driver and Chambers was her front-seat passenger, police said.
The double-fatal crash occurred at about 12:15 p.m. when, based on the preliminary investigation, a 2004 Mazda 6 driven by Lewis in the northbound lane of Appleton Road, north of Belle Hill Road, inexplicably veered across the centerline and the southbound lane — before leaving the road, traveling a short distance across a yard and then striking a tree, police said.
Lewis and Chambers were trapped inside the car, and emergency workers attempted to extricate them, police added.
The vehicle, which, for more than an hour after the crash, remained behind a black privacy partition that Singerly Volunteer Fire Co. of Elkton firefighters had put up, appeared to have come to rest on its roof.
Emergency workers shut down a section of Appleton Road for more than two hours, allowing, in part, for an MSP accident reconstruction team to conduct an on-scene investigation.
With the investigation continuing, MSP officials are asking anyone who may have witnessed this double-fatal collision to call the agency’s North East Barrack at 410-996-7800 and to reference case #18MSP007449.
Including the two victims in Tuesday’s crash, four people have been killed in traffic accidents in Cecil County thus far in 2019, according to Cecil Whig archives.