BROOKLYN PARK, Md. - One person was killed and two others were injured following a single-vehicle accident Wednesday night near the Anne Arundel County/Baltimore City line.
Anne Arundel County Police said officers responded at 9:27 p.m. to the accident, in which the car collied into a tree on northbound Route 10 prior to I-695.
Preliminary investigation revealed the vehicle speeding and the driver failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway. The vehicle spun out of control and left the roadway where it ultimately struck a tree.
The driver, Joseph Brandon Orange, 22, of Pasadena, was pronounced dead at University of Maryland Shock Trauma at 10:26 p.m.
"Joe had the million dollar smile, I always told him that," said David Maxey, a family friend.
Police said passengers Justin Scott Conley, 20, and Zachary Leonardi Payne, 21, both of Pasadena, were listed in stable and critical condition, respectively, at Shock Trauma.
Police said excessive speed is the main contributing factor in this collision while alcohol use has been undetermined at this time.
"I can remember back when I was 22 and you have a tendency to have a heavy foot as a boy or a young man, so certainly it's a very good message to watch our speed," said Maxey.
According to police figures, there have been nine fatal crashes, resulting in 10 deaths through June 19. This compares to 13 fatal crashes and 15 deaths at the same point last year. In addition, there were 24 fatal crashes leading to 28 deaths for all of 2013 in Anne Arundel County.