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Two drivers involved in fatal I-695 crash identified

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WOODLAWN, MD—Maryland State Police have identified the drivers of two vehicles involved in the fatal Wednesday afternoon crash on I-695 that left six highway workers dead.

The driver of the Acura passenger vehicle involved in the crash has been identified as Lisa Adrienna Lea, 54, of Randallstown. Lea was transported by ground to Shock Trauma where she is currently receiving medical treatment for injuries sustained in the crash. Lea was the sole occupant in the vehicle.

The second vehicle involved in the crash was a Volkswagen. That driver has been identified as Melachi Brown, 20, of Windsor Mill. Brown stopped his vehicle north of the scene on I-695 where his vehicle became disabled. Brown did not report any injuries.

The identities of the six deceased victims are pending next of kin notification. Emergency medical personnel from the Baltimore County Fire Department pronounced all six individuals dead on the scene. Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation and consultation with the Baltimore County State’s Attorney.

Authorities say the driver of the Acura, later identified as Lea, was traveling on the beltway at just before 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon when she attempted to change lanes. As Lea attempted to move into another lane, police believe her vehicle struck the front corner panel on the passenger side of the Volkswagen. Investigators believe this caused the Acura to lose control and travel into the work zone, striking the Highway workers.

Anyone with information relevant to the crash is asked to call the Maryland State Police at 410-780-2700. The crash remains under investigation at this hour.

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