The Howard County police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident at Annapolis Junction. The collision involving three vehicles happened on Wednesday morning, August 18th. The police said that one of the cars involved veered into oncoming traffic.
At about 8 a.m., 56-year-old David Lee Rice of Glenelg traveled on the Guilford Road bridge at the Anne Arundel County line. At the same time, a 2007 GMC Sierra heading north crossed into the southbound lane for unknown reasons. The act caused the vehicle to strike a 2016 Hyundai Sonata operated by Rice.
An oncoming 2013 Honda Accord then struck the rear of the Sierra following the initial collision. Rice was the only occupant of the Sonata, and he sustained life-threatening injuries. Medics conveyed him to Howard County General Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.
The police said no one else suffered injuries in the accident at Annapolis Junction. The crash led to the closure of Guilford Road and the Howard-Anne Arundel county line for approximately three hours. Howard police said the cause of the collision remains under investigation.
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