This story was updated at 9:30 a.m. March 8.
Aundra Alexander of Temple Hills said he is taking things “one day at a time” after his wife was killed March 7 from injuries caused by a three-car collision in Camp Springs.
According to Prince George’s County police, the driver of a Mitsubishi Galant lost control of his vehicle traveling west on Allentown Road, hit a Honda Accord driving in the same direction, then struck head-on a Toyota Camry going the other way. The driver of the Mitsubishi, 47-year-old Arnold Brown of Suitland, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
“The only way I can explain it is that I really have my heart broken. She is my heart,” Alexander, 55, said of his late wife Joyce Alexander, 65, who was driving the Toyota.
Joyce Alexander was initially pinned under her dashboard but was extricated and taken to a hospital, said Cpl. Clinton Copeland, a county police spokesman. She succumbed to those injuries later that day.
The woman driving the Honda was not injured, Copeland said.
The collision happened shortly after noon in the 6800 block of Allentown Road. Both directions of Allentown Road were closed in the area while emergency crews assessed the crash and police investigated, Copeland said.
Aundra Alexander said he found out about the accident when he drove up to the scene unexpectedly and saw that the crushed vehicle was the same color as Joyce Alexander’s sister’s car, which she had been driving.
“When I couldn’t reach [Joyce], I called her sister to get the tag number and then told a police officer there and he told me to go to the hospital,” he said. “That’s when I found out she had expired.”
Police said they are still investigating why the driver of the Mitsubishi lost control but preliminarily believe speed may have been a factor.
According to online Prince George’s County court records, Brown has a history of traffic violations. Most recently, he failed to yield the right-of-way on a left turn and failed to stop at a red light at St. Barnabas Road and Silver Hill Road in Suitland on Aug. 30, court records show. Court records indicate he had failed to appear in court for those charges.
Previously, he was found guilty of speeding on Old Silver Hill Road in Suitland on Sept. 28, 2011, and was found guilty of speeding and using a handheld phone while driving on state Route 4 in Dunkirk on Sept. 15, 2011, according to online court records.
A phone number for Brown’s residence could not be located.