- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 1, 2012

Two people were killed early Sundaywhen a sport utility vehicle struck a tree on Jones Bridge Road in Bethesda, Montgomery County police said.

The accident occurred at about 2:45 a.m. when a 2007 Chevrolet Trail Blazer traveling westbound veered off the road, crashed through a fence, then struck the tree on the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center grounds near Lancaster Drive.

Police Capt. Paul Starks noted that there is curve in the road near the accident scene. Police were investigating whether alcohol or excessive speed were factors.

A male passenger in the front seat and a female in the back seat died at the scene.

The 22-year-old male driver was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore in serious condition. Two other passengers - 18- and a 19-year-old males - were taken to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda with injuries not considered life-threatening, police said.

It’s not known whether the driver or the passengers were wearing seat belts. Police did not immediately release the victims’ names.
Capt. Starks said that the vehicle has temporary D.C. tags and that the department’s accident reconstruction team was looking at tire marks and other evidence at the scene, closing Jones Bridge Road for several hours.

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