A trailer overturned into an oncoming pickup truck which caused the death of two people; the driver will be charged with negligent homicide.
According to Maryland Police, two people were killed last Monday afternoon on Route 75 in Frederick when a tractor trailer loaded with oranges overturned and collided with the pickup truck they were riding in.
Of the other three people injured, one of them sustained critical injuries.
The fatalities were identified as Hector N.C. Henriquez, 46 years old and resident of Gaithersburg, Md., and Jose R. Diaz, 54 years old and resident of Derwood, Md. Henriquez was the driver of a Ford F-450 truck. Diaz was his passenger in that truck and was sitting in the left rear seat. The impact of the crash caused both men to expire at the scene.
A second passenger in the Ford F-450 was identified as Jose C. Cedillo, 37 years old and resident of Gaithersburg, Md. Cedillo was occupying the front passenger’s seat when the crash occurred. He was immediately airlifted by a Maryland State Police helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center with what were considered life-threatening injuries.
Police said that the driver of the tractor trailer identified as Watson Pierre, 34 years old and resident of Sunrise, Fla., has been charged with two counts of criminally negligent homicide and one count of failing to control speed to avoid a collision. The police further stated that they will also investigate how fast he was traveling in the 30 mph zone.
Pierre was also flown to Shock Trauma, where he was treated and released late Monday. He was arrested upon leaving the hospital and remains incarcerated at the Frederick County Detention Center, police said.
One passenger in the tractor trailer was identified as Erochenel Bernadin, 42 years old and resident of Deerfield Beach, Fla., was treated for minor injuries and released Monday from Frederick Memorial Hospital.
Due to the 2 p.m. accident at Route 75 and Ed McClain Road, south of Libertytown, the police had to closed the highway between Route 144 and Route 26 for hours as crash investigators worked.
Police believed the tractor trailer was traveling north when it rounded a sharp curve at Ed McClain Road and overturned into southbound lanes, striking the pickup truck.
The investigation into the accident continued.
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