Woman killed in crash involving Maryland State Police cadet

A Temple Hills woman was killed in a three-car crash involving a Maryland State Police cadet Friday morning, according to a release.

Karen Holt-Williams, 59, was killed on Interstate 495 after a Maryland State Police civilian employee driving a State Police SUV made a turn on a crossover lane reserved for emergency vehicles on the highway.

Cadet Sebastian Reyes, 18, was driving a 2006 Ford Expedition on a routine assignment when he made the turn from the inner loop of I-495 just south of Route 50 to head in the opposite direction on the outer loop at about 8:30 a.m.

“The investigation indicates Reyes pulled into the fast lane of the outer loop and accelerated to what witnesses describe as a high rate of speed,” according to the release. “He was traveling in lane four of the interstate north of Rt. 50 when he lost control and sideswiped a 2000 Lincoln, driven and solely occupied by Holt-Williams.”

Holt-Williams swerved across the interstate before careening into the jersey wall. Reyes spun into a 2011 Subaru Outback.

Holt-Williams was taken to Prince George’s Hospital Center where she was declared dead. Reyes and the occupants of the Outback were not injured.

Reyes was placed on leave as Maryland State Police conduct an administrative investigation. Findings from the investigation will be presented to the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office.

From the release:

Anyone who witnessed this crash is urged to contact Cpl. Zimmerman, the Maryland State Police Crash Team investigator. He can be reached at the State Police La Plata Barrack at 301-392-1231.

Reyes has been placed on leave. Maryland State Police cadets are civilian employees from 18-21 years old who work in the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division. Reyes was assigned to the commercial vehicle weigh station at the I-95/I-495 Park and Ride near College Park.

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