Driver Charged in Prince George's Car Crash that Left 2 Dead

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Two people are dead after a crash in Prince George's County, Maryland, Saturday afternoon, police say.

The driver of the other vehicle, Mark Austin, has been charged with two counts each of motor vehicle manslaughter and criminally negligent manslaughter. He is being held at the county detention center without bond.

About 12:30 p.m. Saturday, troopers with Maryland State Police and county fire and rescue crews responded to a crash on northbound Crain Highway at Croom Station Road in Upper Marlboro, state police said. They found two people dead inside one of the vehicles, according to state police.

One of the deceased has been identified as Michael Hethmon, 66.

The preliminary investigation showed that Austin was driving a Ford pickup truck when he failed to stop at a red light. He drove into the intersection and struck the other car which was making a left turn onto the highway.

The investigation determined that the truck hit the other car on the passenger side, causing it to rotate and hit the guardrail. Austin's truck overturned on its roof and caught fire.

Austin initially reported no injuries, but was later transported to the hospital for discomfort, police said.


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Editor's Note: Prince George's County Fire and Rescue Maryland State Police initially reported that four people had died in the crash, but later issued a correction stating two people died.

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