Charges loom against Takoma Park Police Officer Travis Ala in death of Raymond Badders on Rt. 50; two more died from injuries

Maryland State Police report that Takoma Park Police Officer Travis Ala in a police vehicle, failed to slow for stopped traffic as he entered Rt. 50 and killed a passenger in a stopped vehicle. Photo courtesy of WBAL TV Baltimore.

Maryland State Police report that Takoma Park Police Officer Travis Ala in a police vehicle, failed to slow for stopped traffic as he entered Rt. 50 and killed a passenger in a stopped vehicle. Photo courtesy of WBAL TV Baltimore.

 Jason Simpkins and Susie Badders now dead too in Rt

THREE KILLED IN ANNE ARUNDEL CO. CRASH

UPDATE: TWO MORE DEATHS FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED IN ANNE ARUNDEL CO. CRASH YESTERDAY

(ANNAPOLIS, MD) 03/22/2015 – Two teenagers, injured yesterday when the car they were sitting in behind stopped traffic on Rt. 50 was struck, were both pronounced dead today as a result of injuries sustained in the Anne Arundel County crash.

The deceased are identified as Susannah Badders, 19, of Manchester, Md., and her friend, Jason Simpkins, 19, of Ellicott City, Md. Both were pronounced dead today at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where they had been flown yesterday following the crash in which they were injured. Susannah Badders’ father, Raymond Badders, 63, of Manchester, died at the scene of the crash yesterday.

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(ANNAPOLIS, MD) – Maryland State Police troopers are continuing their investigation into an Anne Arundel County crash this afternoon involving multiple vehicles that killed one person and injured several others.

The deceased is identified as Raymond W. Badders, 63, of Manchester, Md. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Raymond Badders was a passenger in the rear seat of a 2007 Toyota Corolla driven by his daughter, Susannah Badders, 19, of Manchester, Md. Jason P. Simpkins, 19, of Ellicott City, was seated in the front passenger seat. Both Susannah Badders and Simpkins were flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Travis M. Ala, 28, of Anne Arundel County, is identified as the driver of a 2011 Nissan X-Terra. Ala was transported by ambulance to Anne Arundel County Medical Center where he was treated and released. The vehicle he was driving is registered to the Takoma Park Police Department, where Ala is employed as a police officer. He was off-duty at the time of the crash.

A third vehicle involved in the crash was a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. The two occupants of that vehicle were uninjured.

At about 2:45 p.m. today, troopers from the Glen Burnie Barrack were dispatched to a reported crash on eastbound Rt. 50 at the Rt. 665 overpass. Arriving troopers called for assistance from the Maryland State Police Crash Team and State Highway Administration personnel. The extensive crash scene and rescue operation required the closure of eastbound Rt. 50. Detours were set up by SHA personnel.

The preliminary investigation by the Maryland State Police Crash Team indicates the Toyota driven by Susannah Badders was in lane four, the merge lane from southbound I-97 to eastbound Rt. 50. The Toyota was stopped in a line of heavy traffic that was caused by a prior accident up ahead at exit 23.

According to the preliminary investigation, Ala was eastbound on Rt. 50 in lane three and apparently did not observe the stopped traffic in time to stop. Evidence indicates Ala swerved to the right and struck the rear of the Toyota. The force of the crash caused the Nissan to overturn and pushed the Toyota into the Jeep Cherokee that was ahead of it.

A detailed crash investigation and reconstruction will be conducted by the State Police Crash Team. Upon completion, the investigation will be forwarded to the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office for review regarding charges.

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