Fleeing suspect kills motorist in head-on crash near BWI Airport
(Glen Burnie, MD) – Maryland State Police report that a Baltimore City man, with a driving record of reckless and dangerous operation, fled an attempted traffic stop on Friday, April 29, 2016, driving northbound in the southbound lanes of Aviation Boulevard, crashed into an oncoming vehicle, claiming the life of another motorist.
The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The victim is identified as Louise Donner, 66, of the unit block of Patapsco Drive in Linthicum. She was the sole occupant of the vehicle and was driving a dark blue Kia Spectra at the time of the crash. She was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The accused is identified as Johnathan Simms, 31, of the 2300 block of Eutaw Place in Baltimore. He was transported from the scene by ambulance to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center where he remains in police custody while receiving medical treatment. Multiple charges are pending.
Police say that about 3:45 p.m. April 29, 2016, Trooper First Class Kline of the Glen Burnie Barrack was on patrol when she observed Simms driving a silver 2015 Toyota Camry, traveling 17 miles per hour over the posted 55mph speed limit, eastbound on Route 100 in Glen Burnie. With emergency lights activated, she attempted to make the traffic stop. Simms, the sole occupant of the Toyota Camry, failed to yield to her marked patrol vehicle.
Simms accelerated to high rates of speed, taking the ramp onto westbound 170 and continued onto Dorsey Road. He then made a left turn, traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Aviation Boulevard, subsequently crashing head-on into an oncoming vehicle, operated by the victim. The crash occurred within one-quarter of a mile from the Glen Burnie Barrack.
Officers from the Anne Arundel County Police Department responded to assist. Personnel from the State Highway Administration also responded to assist with detours. Southbound lanes of Aviation Boulevard from Cromwell Park Drive to Dorsey Road remain closed while the CRASH Team conducts a reconstruction of the crash.
The Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney will be consulted regarding the pending charges. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or events leading up to the crash are urged to contact state police investigators at the Glen Burnie Barrack at 410-761-5130.
Johnathan Derek Simms, of 1706 Ruxton Ave., Baltimore, Md., was charged with negligent driving, reckless driving, speeding, failing to drive right of center and will likely by indicted by an Anne Arundel County Grand Jury in coming months for negligent homicide by motor vehicle. Toxicology reports from the hospital may reveal alcohol and or drugs in his system which could lead to impaired driving charges as well, after a review with Anne Arundel County States Attorney Wes Adams.
Simms, with an address at 2325 Eutaw Place, Apt. 2, Baltimore, Md., was cited by Maryland Transportation Authority Police on April 1, 2016, for failing to maintain required insurance for his 2015 Toyota tag number 3BW8247, which is likely the same vehicle he was driving when he killed the motorist on Aviation Blvd.
From his record on Sept. 30, 2015, the conclusion could be drawn that Simms was driving like a bat out of hell when Maryland State Trooper D. Simmons stopped him for driving off a highway onto the shoulder in order to pass another vehicle while he was southbound on Interstate 95 at exit 31. Simms entered a guilty plea in Prince Georges County District Court on Jan. 5, 2016 and was fined $110. Simms was operating the same 2015 Toyota.
Simms was cited by Officer Cheyne Hicks of the Special Operations Section of the Baltimore City Police Department on Jan. 2, 2015, for four charges involving falsifying the tag information on a temporary tag for his death car, the 2015 Toyota. Baltimore City States Attorney Mosby dropped all of the charges on April 6, 2015. No fine, no time.