Two more deadly crashes took place on election night and early the next morning in Prince Georges County.

The first took place around 8 p.m. in Brandywine, at Branch Avenue and Brandywine Road, when a multi-car crash took place, ejecting one driver. That driver, Willie E. Sligh, was killed, pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Prince Georges County Police are still sorting out the details of that collision.

The second crash took place around 4:30 a.m. on Route 214 near Jennings Mill Drive. Reportedly a Hyundai Elantra ran off the road striking a tree, ejecting the driver into the road.

The ejected victim was then struck by several other cars.

This outbreak of crashes in Prince Georges County appears to have one common denominator, failure to use safety belts. While this is merely my surmise, the fact is that people do not get ejected from vehicles very often if they are wearing safety belts.

Sometimes we can't avoid a car accident but we can diminish its severity by wearing safety belts and encouraging our passengers to do so as well.

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