Five children between 5 and 15 years old died in a single-vehicle crash Saturday in Maryland, state police said.
The children were in a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica traveling northbound on Route 301 in Prince George’s County when for unknown reasons it went off the road and struck several trees. The children, who were ejected in the crash, were identified by state police as Paris Dixon, 5, and London Dixon, 8, of Bowie, Maryland; and Rickelle Ricks, 6, Zion Beard, 14, and Damari Herald, 15, of Washington. The driver, Dominique R. Taylor, 32, of Bowie, and passenger Cornell D. Simon, 23, of Oxon Hill, Maryland survived. Investigators believe that the two adults were wearing seatbelts but the five children who were in the rear seats were not properly restrained at the time of the crash, according to state police.