Only the rear-seat passenger survived hell-ride into tree on Woodfield Road; Thomas Collier was the pilot

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HELL RIDE INTO TREE ON WOODSIDE ROAD

GAITHERSBURG, MD. (Aug. 31, 2014) Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department- Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) continue to investigate a double fatal, single-vehicle collision that occurred early this morning in Gaithersburg.

The driver and front-seat passenger were pronounced deceased at the scene.  The driver is being identified as Thomas Christopher Collier, age 32, of the unit block of Delta Court in Gaithersburg.  The front-seat passenger is being identified as Daniel Lee Byron, age 26, of the same address.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department- Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a double fatal, single-vehicle collision that occurred early this morning in Gaithersburg.

At approximately 4:24 a.m., officers and Fire & Rescue personnel responded to the 22200 block of Woodfield Road for a single-vehicle collision. Arriving officers observed an overturned Ford Explorer.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2003 Ford Explorer was traveling south on Woodfield Road. For reasons still under investigation, the Explorer travelled into the northbound lanes of Woodfield Road, left the roadway, and struck a tree. The vehicle overturned before coming to rest.

The driver and front-seat passenger were pronounced deceased at the scene. The rear-seat passenger, who was able to call 911, was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The rear-seat passenger, who was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, is being identified as Kobi Assaraf, age 26, of the 600 block of Rollins Avenue in Rockville.

The circumstances of this collision remain under investigation. Anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620. Callers may remain anonymous.