- The Washington Times - Monday, February 18, 2008

Prince George’s County police have identified the final person killed during a weekend drag race on a rural stretch of highway in Southern Maryland.

Police said Otis Williams, 35, of Indian Head, was the eighth fatality resulting from the horrific accident in Accokeek at about 3:45 a.m. Saturday, when a 1999 white Crown Victoria traveling on Route 210 struck a crowd of onlookers after the drag-racers left the makeshift starting line.

At least seven others were injured in the accident. Police said the racers had sped down the stretch of Indian Head Highway — popular among the close-knit group of drivers and fans of the illegal sport because it is flat and has no streetlights — before the collisions occurred.

The Crown Victoria driver apparently did not see spectators who stepped into northbound lanes of the highway, near where it intersects with Pine Drive.

No charges were pending against the driver, and police have said they are not actively pursuing the racers.

The other seven persons killed in the accident have been identified as Mark Courtney, 33, of Leonardtown; Daryl Wills, 38, of Clinton; Maycol Lopez, 20, of Gaithersburg; Blaine Briscoe, 49, of La Plata; William Gaines, 61, of Nanjemoy; Ervin Gardner, 39, of Oxon Hill and Milton Pinkney, 41, of Aquasco.

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