PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. (DC News Now) — The Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) said it was investigating a fatal crash involving a stolen car that happened early Wednesday morning.
Police said that at around 2:30 a.m., they responded to the area of Landover Road and Old Landover Road for a crash involving two vehicles.
Officials said one of the cars was trying to turn left, which led to the crash. Both of the cars then caught on fire.
The incident happened a few feet away from Sarah Brown’s home.
“I mean, it’s definitely a surreal scene out of all the accidents that I’ve seen,” Brown said.
She said she immediately called 911 after she heard the sound of the crash.
“The flames really happened fairly quickly, and they really got quite big and quite large at one point,” she said.
The driver of the other car, a Kia, ran from the scene. The driver and passenger in the other vehicle died.
“My ultimate condolences and sympathies are with them. It’s just one step in the grieving process for them and I hope they get the closure that they need in this situation,” Brown said.
Police later found that the Kia had been stolen from a home in Upper Marlboro hours before the crash. PGPD said that 827 Kias have been reported stolen in Prince George’s County this year.
Brown said the person that caused the hit-and-run should “step up” and turn themselves in.
“Just the shock at the overwhelming tragedy that that person’s poor choices [impacted] these two families so greatly,” Brown said. “That could have been their mother, their auntie, their uncle, their brother.”