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33-year-old killed by man driving under the influence of alcohol; driver arrested & charged

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Posted at 2:23 PM, Feb 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-18 07:57:15-05

LAUREL, Md. — According to the Anne Arundel County Police Department, alcohol seems to have contributed to a fatal car crashed that happened early Saturday morning.

At about 2 a.m., officers arrived to MD 32 East, just east of MD 198 for a two car crash. Apparently, a Ford F-150 was traveling in the wrong direction in the eastbound lanes of MD 32 when it struck an eastbound traveling Toyota Camry nearly head-on.

The driver of the of the Camry, 33-year-old Raymond McCarter, Jr., was pronounced dead at the scene and was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy. However, the driver of the Ford, 39-year-old Christopher Thomas, was not injured.

The preliminary cause of the crash appears to be Thomas traveling in the wrong direction on a highway. The use of alcohol also seems to have been a contributing factor in this crash.

After speaking with the State's Attorney's Office, Thomas was arrested and charged with manslaughter by vehicle or vessel, gross negligence, criminal negligence, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol per se, and driving while impaired.