What to Know
- Osadolar Omozee, 16, died after he was hit by two vehicles on Indian Head Highway (Route 210.
- He was a student at Woodbridge High School, which has counselors available for virtual support.
- Indian Head Highway has been the site of dozens of fatal crashes over the past decade.
A 16-year-old boy was killed in a crash Saturday on a Maryland road known for pedestrian deaths and drivers’ excess speeding.
Osadolar Omozee died after he was hit on Indian Head Highway (Route 210) at Palmer Road, Prince George's County police said, releasing his name Monday night. He was a rising junior at Woodbridge High School and played on the football team.
"He was honest, respectful, humble," Omozee's father, Henry Omozee, said Tuesday.
The Omozees don't know why the teen was on Indian Head Highway at the time, about 25 miles from home. He left home Saturday morning, his sister said.
“He literally just packed his stuff and said he wanted to leave. My mom was trying to stop him," she said.
Omozee was “an amazing young man who had a tremendous spirit and was held in such high regard by staff and students alike,” Woodbridge High’s counseling department said in a tweet. Prince William County Public Schools have counselors available for virtual support.
The teen was hit by two vehicles, Prince George’s County police said. Omozee was rushed to a hospital, where he died. Both drivers remained on the scene. No information was released on whether they could face charges.
Dozens of people have been killed in crashes on Indian Head Highway in the past decade. Memorials to victims, bearing crosses and flowers, dot the road’s shoulder.
A drunken driver crashed into a family’s car just after Christmas 2018 and killed 5-year-old twins and their 1-year-old brother. Their parents survived. Police and prosecutors vowed then to crack down on traffic violations on the highway.
Earlier this summer, records provided to News4 showed that police issued more than 5,000 citations for speeding on the highway within one month — with one driver clocking in at 143 mph. Hundreds of the drivers caught speeding are repeat offenders.
“I just plead to the community to please slow down,” Rev. Dr. Robert Screen said. He’s spent years advocating for safety improvements along the highway, which is lined with apartments, stores and bus stops.
“To hear about another fatality is always heart-wrenching,” he added.
An investigation into the crash that killed Omozee is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.