Woman Whose Car Plowed Into Building Also Shot, Police Say

A car hit an apartment building in District Heights, Maryland, late Saturday night -- but the driver, who died, appears to have suffered a gunshot wound before the crash.

Prince George’s County Police said that when emergency crews arrived in the 1900 block of Rochelle Avenue, the driver appeared to be trapped with critical injuries after her car plowed into a ground-floor apartment.

Police Spokesman Mark Brady said the woman was rushed to a trauma center in critical condition, but she died.

Police now believe the woman apparently suffered a gunshot wound prior to the accident. The death is still under investigation.

Monday, the woman was identified as Marquita Wimms, 32, from Temple Hills.

"She's a great person -- a wonderful person," said Douglas Peeples, who said he was a longtime friend of the victim.

The car hit the building hard enough that 27 residents were evacuated due to the structural damage.

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