Residents say traffic needs to be slowed at site of deadly crash

Three killed in crash on Piney Orchard Parkway

People who live near the scene of a deadly crash in Anne Arundel County say something needs to done to slow drivers down in that area.

Police say excessive speed contributed to the single-car crash that left three young people dead, another with severe injuries.  It happened early on Easter morning, along Piney Orchard Parkway near Fort Meade.

"My friend called me really early like 9:00 in the morning she was freaking out," said Jack Grimes, who knew one of the victims.

A Suburu driven by 22-year-old David D'Augustine lost control, and slammed into a light pole and then a tree.

D'Augustine, his friend Sam Schindler and Schindler's cousin Katie Warrington all died at the scene.

Another friend, Michael Phillips, was flown to Shock Trauma.

It is a tragedy -- but not a surprise, for people who live in the Piney Orchard area.

"Everybody drives fast," Grimes said.  "It's downhill, you just kind of go, there's nobody in front of you."

He's talking about Piney Orchard Parkway.

When you drive it Southbound from Odenton, there's a traffic circle and a stoplight -- followed by the downhill curve that leads to the crash scene.

"Clearly people very fast through here.  So there have been times when you're trying to cross the street that the cars coming through here are driving do fast that there's no way you can even get across the street," said Nancy McFadden, who has lived in the area for more than 15 years.

And just after that, the road narrows to one-lane -- giving drivers another reason to speed down that hill.

"Because you're concerned that you're going to get behind someone slower than you going through the one lane, all the way through the community ahead," McFadden said.

Residents say they've tried to have some kind of traffic-calming devices installed but so far, it hasn't happened.

"A speed bump or something like that might be helpful to slow people down coming into the one lane.  Putting something in place to slow people down would be very beneficial," McFadden said.

We did not receive a response from county officials on the effort to put traffic-calming devices in place.

Michael Phillips remains in critical condition at Shock Trauma.

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