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Police arrest man in connection with double-fatal crash over weekend in Capitol Heights

A man police suspect of slamming into a van full of adults and children in a Capitol Heights crash that killed two women last weekend is in custody, Prince George’s County officials said.

Earlier this week, police issued a warrant for 18-year-old Ronald J. Hayes Jr., who has been charged with manslaughter, theft and other crimes in connection with the crash that occurred Saturday as police were pursing the allegedly stolen car he was driving.

Hayes fled the crash scene but was found and taken to a hospital, said Lt. William Alexander, a police spokesman. Hayes, however, was allowed to be released from the hospital, and police could not detain him because of administrative delays as they were screening charges with the state’s attorney’s office, Alexander said.

Prince George’s Police Chief Mark Magaw plans to review policy related to filing charges against suspects involved in fatal crashes in hopes of expediting the process, said Julie Parker, also a spokeswoman for the police department.

The accident killed Brittany Everett, 23, of the District and Brittney Queen, 21, of Capitol Heights. Five others, including two children, were injured in the crash.

The police department’s internal affairs office is reviewing whether officers followed protocol during the pursuit as part of its investigation, a routine procedure, Alexander said.

While police were in pursuit of Hayes, they were not “right on his bumper” with lights and sirens chasing him into the intersection, Alexander said.

“Were we behind him? Yes, but a good ways off,” Alexander said.

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Lynh Bui is a Prince George's County public safety reporter and former Montgomery County education reporter.



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