By Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.com

Three fatal road accidents are under investigation as the spike in traffic fatalities continue throughout Prince George’s County. A motorcyclist succumbed to his injuries, while another man passes after an earlier accident this month when another car struck two people standing outside a disabled vehicle on MD Route 210, one of the most dangerous thoroughfares in the state. Meanwhile, authorities are working to identify the victim of a single car accident in which the car burst into flames after hitting a tree in Suitland. 

Prince George’s County Police Department reports that the driver of an Infiniti sedan lost control of the car and struck several trees near Pennsylvania and Quarter Avenues around 3 a.m. on Sept. 21. The car reportedly burst into flames, leaving the driver trapped inside. After suffering “severe burns” the unidentified driver was pronounced dead on the scene by first responders.

Three fatal road accidents are under investigation as the spike in traffic fatalities continues in Prince George’s County. (Courtesy Photo)

Investigators are currently working to determine why the driver lost control and are examining whether excessive speed played a role in this case, police said. Pennsylvania Avenue was closed for several hours and reopened in both directions at Quarter Avenue around 9 a.m. after a preliminary investigation.

According to police reports, one person was killed and another was seriously injured when they were struck by a vehicle on Indian Head Highway and Wilson Bridge Drive on Sept. 21. They were apparently hit by an oncoming car while standing outside a disabled truck near the intersection.  

The preliminary investigation suggests that the car hit the pedestrians while attempting to avoid another vehicle, police said. The driver remained on the scene after the crash and the victims were taken to a local hospital where one died while the other sustained serious injuries.

Wesley Jones III, of Temple Hills, passes away after being hit while riding a motorcycle on Sept. 1. The investigation revealed that Jones, 39, was hit around 10:30 p.m. near the 4500 block of Silver Hill Road in Suitland. He is believed to have been traveling in the right-turn-only lane heading west when he collided with the driver of a Toyota sedan pulling to the right to make way for an emergency vehicle. The driver and passenger of the car were not hurt and stayed at the scene, according to police.

Jones was taken to a hospital with critical injuries and later died on Sept. 20.