Police/Fire, Traffic

Essex man killed in crash on Route 702

fatal-crashPolice in Baltimore County are investigating a serious, multivehicle crash that killed an Essex man early on Sunday morning.

At just after 2 a.m., officers responded to the area of westbound Route 702, just west of the exit to southbound I-695. Crash investigators have determined that a 2012 Acura RDX was traveling westbound when it left the roadway and traveled into the median. The vehicle then reentered the roadway and eventually crossed over both lanes of westbound Route 702 before colliding with a guardrail.

The Acura RDX ultimately became disabled in the westbound travel lanes of Route 702. A second vehicle, a 2013 Acura TL, struck debris that was in the roadway as a result of the crash and it also became disabled. A third vehicle, a 2005 Toyota Camry, then struck the resting Acura RDX as it was traveling along Route 702. Finally, a fourth vehicle, a 2014 Hyundai, also became involved when it struck the 2005 Toyota Camry.

The driver of the 2005 Toyota Camry was taken to a local area hospital for injuries sustained in the crash.

The driver of the Acura RDX was pronounced dead at the scene. He has been identified as Elbert Charles Johns III, 32, of the 1400-block of Hadwick Drive (21221).

The investigation into the crash is ongoing at this hour.

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