A Wheaton woman is the sole survivor of a crash that killed her husband, brother and four-year-old daughter. The car they were in was hit by two others Sunday night on Georgia Ave. in Aspen Hill. As News4's Pat Collins reports, strangers are being credited with helping to save the woman's life.
Montgomery County police have identified the victims of a crash that claimed three lives and injured three others in Aspen Hill.
Salvador Lemus Ramos, 39, was making a left turn from Kayson Street onto northbound Georgia Avenue just before 10 p.m. Sunday when his maroon 2000 Nissan Sentra was struck by two vehicles. Investigators say the blue 2008 Volkswagon Passat and orange 2011 Chevrolet Camaro were traveling southbound on Georgia Avenue at the time of the accident.
All four occupants of Ramos' car were ejected. Felipe Pineda, 50, and Elizabeth Lemus, 4, were pronounced dead at the scene. Ramos was taken to an area hospital, where he later died.
One of the cars was split apart in the crash, the rear axle and tires in one spot, the rest of the car in another, reported News4's Megan McGrath.
Thomas Clark heard the accident and ran to the scene, where he found the bodies of a man and a Lemus on the side of the road. Lemus had been strapped into a car seat, but the seat had been ripped out of the vehicle on impact.
"It was a little kid... in a car seat, turned upside down, with the back seat on the top of it," he said. "And [there] was another body lying right beside the car seat."
In a shaking voice, Leon Sidbury said it was one of the worst things he's ever seen.
"It looked like a small tornado that just tore something apart," he said. "And there was a couple of people laying on the ground, and a couple of people went to try to help the lady, and then the rest of us tried to stop the traffic, because if we hadn't, they would have definitely run over them."
The fourth occupant of the Nissan, 31-year-old Elba Pineda, was transported to a local hospital. Pineda's current condition is not known.
Ramos, Lemus and Pineda were listed as living at the same address, but police have not commented on how the victims knew one another.
The driver of the Volkswagon, 25-year-old Shaka Wakefield, and the driver of the Chevrolet, 35-year-old Audias Sanchez, were also transported to area hospitals.
All six accident victims are residents of Wheaton, Md.
Investigators are still working to determine what caused the crash.