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Beltway Fatal Accident Victims Identified

FORESTVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- Maryland State Police have identified two people killed after a six vehicle crash on the Capital Beltway Tuesday morning.

Rodolfo U. V. Amaya, 31, of Oxon Hill and Candace M Hewitt, 41, of Davidsonville, Md. were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Amaya was driving a 1994 Honda Civic.  Hewitt was driving a 2006 BMW 330.

Other drivers were injured in the accident. Charline Starks, 50, of Waldorf, Md. was transported to Prince George's Hospital for treatment. Jose I. Buevara, 30, of Laurel, Md. was also transported to Prince George's Hospital for treatment.

Another driver was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was released without charges and is not being identified right now, say Maryland State Police. He was not injured.

Linda Pike, 56, of Crofton, Md. had her 2010 Honda Accord struck by debris from other cars but she was not injured. 

The accident happened at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and closed the Inner Loop of the Beltway between Route 4 and Ritchie-Marlboro Road while firefighters and medics responded to injuries in the area. All lanes are open at this time.


Maryland State Police say a preliminary investigation indicates the 2006 Ford Freestyle and the 1994 Honda Civic collided northbound on the outer loop. Then, the Ford Freestyle went into a spin and came to rest in a ditch on the shoulder of the outer loop.

The Honda Civic then hit the Toyota Camry, which was also northbound on the outer loop. Both cars ran off the left shoulder of the roadway, crossed the median toward the inner loop and struck a guardrail there. The Camry came to rest in the fast lane of the inner loop, state Maryland State Police. 

The Civic went airborne from the guardrail and landed on the roof of the BMW that traveling southbound on the inner loop. The Civic rolled off the BMW and onto the roof of the Toyota Rav4 also traveling on the inner loop. The Civic finally rolled off the Toyota Rav4 and came to rest in the middle of the inner loop.

The Toyota Rav4 and the BMW came to rest on the slow shoulder of the inner loop, according to Maryland State Police. 

Maryland State Police as well as Prince George's County Fire and Rescue responded to this accident.

Maryland State Police continue to investigate the crash and say "nothing has been ruled out at this time" about the cause of the accident. State Police say alcohol could be a factor in the crash. Investigators are interviewing victims of the crash and witnesses.