A 21-year-old Bowie woman was killed in a crash early Friday after a man with a history of traffic charges plowed into the back of the car she sitting in at a red light on Collington Road, police said.
Investigators believe Lawrence Howard, 27, of Bowie, was speeding and had alcohol in his system when he ran into the back of a 2008 Chevy Cobalt that had stopped at a red light on northbound Collington Road, near the exit ramp for Route 50, said Cpl. Rodney Gause, a Prince George’s County police spokesman. The crash was so severe that it sent the Cobalt into the southbound lanes of traffic, and the 2000 Chevrolet Malibu that Howard was driving careened into a 2000 Nissan Altima, which was also parked at the light, Gause said.
Gause said Howard and two women in the Cobalt were taken to the hospital after the 2:35 a.m. crash, and the driver of the Altima was treated on the scene for minor injuries. He said the passenger in the Cobalt, Anastacia Smith, was later pronounced dead, and the driver, Shanice Jackson, 22, of Temple Hills, was treated and released.
Based on witness accounts, investigators think Howard was speeding when he ran into the back of the Cobalt, and they also think alcohol was a factor in the crash, Gause said. He said Howard was hospitalized in stable condition and had not been charged with any crimes because detectives are still probing the incident.
Gauze said detectives took a blood sample from Howard but that he did not know Howard’s blood alcohol level.
Court records show Howard has received a number of traffic citations in the last several years. Most seriously, he was given probation before judgment last year for driving while impaired by drugs. That case stemmed from a February 2010 incident in which he was cited near Annapolis Road and 53rd Place in the Bladensburg area, court records show.