Updated December 11, 2013: Ronald Jerome Hayes, Jr. was taken into custody today in the 6800 block of Kenilworth Avenue in Riverdale Park. He remains in custody with the Department of Corrections on a $2,000,000 bond.
The two children who were injured in the crash have been released from the hospital.
Ronald Jerome Hayes Jr. (Recent mug shot)
The Prince George’s County Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for the driver involved in a double fatal crash in Capitol Heights on December 7, 2013. He's identified as 18-year-old Ronald Jerome Hayes Jr. of the unit block of N Street in Southwest Washington. The victims are identified as 23-year-old Brittney Everett of the 1500 block of 41st Street in Southeast Washington and 21-year-old Brittney Queen of the 5700 block of Bugler Street in Capitol Heights.
On December 7, 2013, at about 10:45 pm, patrol officers were called to the intersection of Hill Road and Central Avenue for the report of a crash involving two vehicles.
The preliminary investigation reveals Hayes was driving at an excessive speed northbound on Shady Glen Drive approaching Central Avenue. His car slammed into a van in the intersection. Six people were inside the van, including two children. The driver, Brittney Everett, and passenger, Brittney Queen, were both pronounced dead on the scene. The four other passengers are now listed in stable condition. Hayes suffered minor injuries. His passenger was also injured and is still in the hospital.
The preliminary investigation also reveals prior to the crash, patrol officers had been called to the 7000 block of Walker Mill Road for the report of shots fired. Responding officers tried to pull over a car leaving the area of the reported shooting. Instead of stopping, the driver, Hayes, took off. The officers began to pursue the car. As the suspect continued to flee at a high rate of speed, he was able to pull away from the officers. The suspect turned off his headlights and moments later entered the intersection where he slammed into the victims' car. After the crash, Hayes ran from the scene. Patrol officers found him a short time later hiding. The car he was driving had been stolen.
Hayes is charged with vehicular manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, theft and traffic charges. There is a cash reward for information leading to Hayes’ arrest and indictment.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit at (301) 306-5640. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411 TIPS (8477), text "PGPD plus your message" to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone, or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.
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