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Woman who crashed into Uber driver, charged in death of his passenger

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Posted at 11:03 AM, Apr 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-29 14:10:24-04

GAMBRILLS, Md. — A woman who crashed into an Uber driver was charged with vehicular homicide in the death of the rideshare passenager in the April 26, 2018 crash.

A 29-year-old Uber passenger was killed when his rideshare car burst into flames after being struck by an SUV in Gambrills.

Anne Arundel County Police responded to a reported crash on Crain Highway/MD-3 at Annapolis Road/MD-175 in Gambrills at about 3 p.m. on April 26.

Police said a 2007 Toyota Corolla sedan, driven by 41-year-old Mohamed G. Elsdeg Ahmed, of Denton, was heading east on MD-175, when it was struck by a 2017 Chevrolet Equinox, driven by 45-year-old Heather Ferns Boyer, of Bowie, heading south on MD-3.

Police said as a result of being struck, the Toyota caught fire. Ahmed, who police say was operating as an Uber driver at the time of the crash, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore with serious injuries. His passenger, 29-year-old Raymond Quartuci, of the 2600 block of Tallwind Court in Crofton, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy to determine his official cause of death.

Boyer and her passenger in the Chevrolet, 63-year-old Katherine L. Goodman, of Glen Burnie, were taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center with minor injuries.

Police believe the deadly crash was caused by Boyer failing to remain in a single lane and making an unsafe lane change. Further investigation by the county’s Traffic Safety Section revealed Boyer may have been under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash. The Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Boyer with multiple counts in Quartuci's death, including two felony charges of vehicular homicide and felony negligent manslaughter, as well as misdemeanor criminally negligent vehicular manslaughter, misdemeanor life threatening injury with a vehicle under the influence of drugs, and traffic citations of driving a vehicle while impaired by drugs, and driving or attempting to drive a vehicle while impaired by a controlled dangerous substance. She was arrested on April 26, 2019.