The twisted metal makes the car almost indistinguishable as a Nissan Sentra, and it proved to be impossible for one of the two young men traveling in the vehicle to come out of the crash alive.
"There was one victim who was unconscious, trapped in the vehicle. A second victim was outside the car," said Edward Hopkins of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.
Based on evidence along Clermont Mill Road, it appears the car took an unforgiving curve wide and the driver, 21-year old Nicholas Bellinger lost control of the sedan, slamming it into a pair of trees when he over-corrected.
Firefighters had to cut his friend, 22-year-old Joseph Giannasca of Street out of the vehicle.
"The unconscious male subject was transported to York Memorial Hospital in Pennsylvania,” said Hopkins. “The other victim was transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. I was also informed later by traffic investigators that the one subject that was transported to York passed away approximately at midnight."
For their part, police are still trying to determine what caused the crash, which happened a few blocks from Giannasca's home on Woodshire Lane.
"Certainly, we'll look at things,” said Hopkins. "Was there any alcohol or drugs involved? Was weather a factor? Was anything else a factor that could have contributed to this accident? All of that has to be taken into consideration."