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Woman dead, 5 injured in serious overdose car crash in Annapolis

Posted at 8:28 PM, Mar 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-12 19:28:17-04

A multi-vehicle crash has left a woman dead and five people injured in the 300 block of Buschs Frontage Road in Annapolis. Officers were dispatched to the scene of the accident a little before 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

"If you would've seen those cars -- it was bad," Todd Niazi said. 

His shop is a few hundred feet from where the accident happened. 

According to officials, a Ford Taurus was speeding eastbound on Buschs Frontage Road when the car crossed the centerline, sideswiped a Toyota Camry, and was hit by a Ford F-150. 

The driver of the Toyota and the two passengers in the Ford Taurus were transported to shock trauma while the other passengers in the other cars were transported to a nearby hospital for their injuries.

It was later reported that the driver of the Toyota, 81-year-old Laurel Zeiler, died from her injuries and was taken to the Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

Investigators at the scene were able to determine that the cause of the accident was caused by the heroin use of the driver of the Ford Taurus, 27-year-old Christopher Hillehunt. They say the drug use played a factor in the speeding of the vehicle, which caused the incident.

"Due to observations and some comments that were made by a passenger in that vehilce -- we believe that there is a possiblity that he could of been under the influence os some type of an opioid," Lt. Ryan Frashure said. 

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Both Dillehunt and the woman in the car with him, 24-year-old Tammy Lawson, are both listed in critical condition. 

Everyone else was able to walk away. 

"His car was mangled up, like you wont' believe it. Like if you saw the cars right after the accident -- I don't know how somebody lived through it," Niazi said.