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Lanham Md. Driver Charged With Murder in Deaths of His Passengers

by Zenitha Prince
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Prince George’s County police have charged a 35 year-old man with two counts of homicide following a two-car collision that killed two persons in Glenn Dale on March 25.

Ramon Anaya-Ascencio, of no fixed address, faces eight charges including two counts of homicide by motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol as well as two counts of vehicular manslaughter.

The crash occurred at about 7:45 a.m. March 25 in the 10800 block of Lanham Severn Road.

Police said Anaya-Ascencio, 35, was driving a Honda Accord when he swerved in front of a westbound Audi 6.

Witnesses told NBC’s Washington affiliate News4 that the Audi was traveling at a high rate of speed when it plowed into the passenger side of Anaya-Ascencio’s car.

The Honda’s two passengers were killed.

Prince George’s police said the victims, 46-year-old Leo Castro and 30-year-old Jose Rodrigeuez, both of Lanham, were taken to a local hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Locals told News4 that this particular stretch of road has been the scene of several accidents. Ron McGraw and Ali Nezir, who work in auto body shops on opposite sides of the road, said collisions often occur as vehicles speed up to jostle for position as two lanes merge into one, but they'd never seen a crash this bad.

Anaya-Ascencio is in the custody of the Department of Corrections and is being held on a $200,000 bond.

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