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Two die, 4 hurt in U.S. 15 crash

August 22, 2006

POINT of ROCKS, Md. - Alcohol and driver error are suspected in a three-vehicle crash that killed two people and seriously injured four others Saturday on U.S. 15 at Md. 464, according to written releases from the Maryland State Police in Frederick.

Jorge Ronaldo Barrera Barrera, 25, and Jacobo Alay Godoy, 35, both of Centreville, Va., died when Barrera lost control of the Ford Contour he was driving.According to a press release, Barrera Barrera and his passengers, Godoy and Byron Noe Barrera, 32, of Hagerstown, were traveling north of Md. 464, when Barrera Barrera attempted to pass on the right side of vehicles that were stopped for a vehicle making a left turn. He lost control after a Geo Prizm, also heading south, slowed to make a right turn onto Md. 464, police said.

Barrera Barrera swerved the car to the left to avoid hitting the Prizm, but lost control and spun into the northbound lane, where a Chrysler minivan struck Barrera Barrera's car on the driver's side, police said.

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After the collision with the minivan, the Ford Contour split in two and one of its pieces hit the Prizm, according to the release.

Barrera and Godoy were thrown from the car and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Byron Noe Barrera was flown to Washington County Hospital, according to the release.

The driver of the minivan was taken by ambulance to Washington County Hospital and a passenger in the minivan was flown there, according to the release. The Prizm driver was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital, police said.

According to police, Barrera, Barrera Barrera and Godoy had recently immigrated to the United States from Guatemala and were undocumented at the time of the accident. A Washington County Sheriff's Department spokesperson said Sunday night Barrera was being held on a $19,500 bond. Court records indicate he has a case pending from 2002 on charges of third-degree burglary, violation of a protection order and second-degree assault.

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