Prince George’s County police have identified the two men who died in a two-car collision Monday in Glenn Dale.
Lanham residents Leo Castro, 46, and Jose Rodriguez, 30, were passengers in a red Honda that police said left the westbound lane of Lanham-Severn Road around 8 a.m. and collided with an eastbound silver Audi.
The drivers of both vehicles suffered non-life-threatening injuries, but Castro and Rodriguez were killed, said Officer First Class Nicole Hubbard, a county police spokeswoman.
A cause for the crash is still being investigated, but police and fire/EMS officials said Monday’s snowstorm could have played a factor.
“There was still heavy snow [at the time of the accident],” said Mark Brady, a county fire/EMS spokesman. “Some parts of the road were snow-covered and others were wet, and those factors may have contributed to the crash.”
All occupants were trapped when emergency medical personnel arrived and had to be extricated from the vehicles, Brady said.
The crash occurred near several auto body and mechanic businesses, some of which had shop owners there who were first to witness the wreckage.
“One man was hanging out of a broken window, and it looked like he had expired,” said Nazir Ali, 63, who said he heard the crash and ran to help. “The guy in the silver car was waving out of his window saying, ‘Help, help, help.’ I held his hand just to comfort him a little bit.”
Ron McGraw, who works at Brevard & Son Auto Service, said he heard a loud bang and called 911.
“No one was moving when we got there. ... I just felt helpless because I couldn’t do nothing. I didn’t want to move anybody. It’s just a helpless feeling. The guys were literally hanging out of the car,” McGraw said.