Tuesday, Aug 26, 2008
On the afternoon of Thursday, August 21st, the Park Police were notified of a multi-vehicle accident on the parkway south of Powder Mill Road. A Mitsubishi sedan was heading north on the highway when it went over the median into the southbound lanes, striking at least four vehicles, including two pickups, a sedan and a motorcycle. Two people were killed, one person was taken to a hospital in stable condition, and one person was treated and released. The driver of the Mitsubishi, Leroy Taylor, 60, of Washington, was killed, as was Ronald Meader, 48, of Severn, Maryland, who was operating a Harley Davidson motorcycle. All traffic traveling southbound was diverted onto Route 198; all traffic traveling northbound was diverted onto the beltway that goes around Washington. The parkway was closed for approximately five hours. Park Police crash reconstruction team members and detectives investigated the collision.