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Police Press Release December 9, 2017 (UPDATE)

Northern District

Fatal Single Vehicle Crash (UPDATE) - Linthicum Heights

On December 9, 2017 at approximately 2:05 a.m., officers responded to a report of a single vehicle crash on W. Nursery Road near Elkridge Landing Rd in Linthicum Heights. Initial investigation found that the vehicle was southbound on W Nursery Rd when it swerved to the right and struck a LaQuinta hotel shuttle bus parked on the shoulder.  The vehicles caught fire and the Nissan driver was found inside his vehicle by Fire Department personnel.  There were no other occupants of either vehicle.  The driver was declared dead at the scene and was taken by the Medical Examiner to Baltimore for autopsy. As a result of the autopsy, the deceased was positively identified as thirty-six year old Damien Saunders from Baltimore.   

The primary cause of this collision is the driver failing to remain in a single lane.  It is unclear if alcohol was a contributing factor.  The Traffic Safety Section is handing the investigation. 

Vehicle #1:  
2014 Nissan Altima 4dr                                                          
MD-3CV8601

Driver/Owner:
Damien Robert Saunders        
(36yoa)                      
FATAL Injury - OCME
812 W Lexington Street Apt-4, Baltimore, Maryland  21201

Parked Vehicle #2:     
2017 Ford      
18 passenger van                   
MD-7CS6566

Owner:
LaQuinta Inn  (LQ MANAGEMENT LLC)
1734 W NURSERY RD, LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, MD 21090

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