A car with seven people crashed into the woods, ramming into several trees, and ejecting five minors from the car, who were then pronounced dead at the scene in Maryland on Feb. 2, 2019. The crash is currently under investigation by the Maryland State Police.
London Dixon, 8; Paris Dixon, 5; Zion Beard 14; Rickelle Ricks, 6; and Damari Herald, 15, were identified in the preliminary investigation, according to the police report. Dominique R. Taylor, 32, and Cornell D. Simon, 23, were the only survivors, with Taylor identified as the driver, and Simon believed to be the front seat passenger.
The Prince George County Fire Department notified Maryland State Police of the crash before 5:00 a.m, which took place on northbound Rt. 301, on Pointer Ridge Drive. It is unknown what caused the crash, but the investigation has indicated that the 2005 Chrysler Pacifica traveled off the highway, and spun onto a snow-covered hill. Somewhere in the chaos, the children were ejected.
Five Children With No Seat Belts
Evidence found that the five children, who are believed to have been the rear passengers, were not wearing seatbelts during the crash. Both adults were wearing seatbelts, and are now being treated at the University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center for injuries.
In the press release, it was not stated if the two adults were the parents of the children, while only two of the children had matching last names: Dixon. Three children were from Washington, and all other passengers were from Maryland.
According to Crash Radar, “The 5 children were from the same extended family.”
— US Car Crash News (@USCarCrashNews) February 3, 2019
The Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, sent a tweet a few hours after the incident.
Deeply saddened by this tragic auto accident in Prince George’s County. Praying for everyone involved, including first responders. https://t.co/Mg2JSabepx
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) February 2, 2019
Four Daughters With No Seat Belts
Last year in Delaware, a crash between a minivan and a truck resulted in the death of the four daughters of 61-year-old Audie Trinidad, the driver, who was also pronounced dead at the scene, according to Delaware State Police. It was found that the four girls were not wearing seat belts during the crash.
NJ mom loses husband, 4 daughters in crash — ‘All gone in blink of eye’: The victims of a car crash in Delaware have been identified as members of the Trinidad family from New Jersey. Continue reading… https://t.co/iL1zIoiAsM pic.twitter.com/uFngpo3oGs
— WOBM (@wobm) July 7, 2018
Trinidad’s wife, and mother of the four daughters, Mary Rose Ballocanag, 56, survived the crash and said that she intends to sue Alvis S. Hubbard, 44: the owner of the Ford pickup truck who crashed into the family’s minivan, according to Patch. Hubbard drove off the southbound side of the road, crossed through the median strip, causing two crashes.
Donovan Florence places a lit candle at the Vigil for the Trinidad family at Votee Park in Teaneck, NJ on Saturday July 11, 3018. Four of the five members of the Trinidad family were killed in an automobile crash on Friday in Delaware. Shot #onassigment for @northjerseynews pic.twitter.com/GeOlcniZPt
— Anne-Marie Caruso (@AnneCarusoPhoto) July 11, 2018
Passengers from all cars involved had their seat belts fastened, except for the four girls, who were the only fatalities in the incident.