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Man charged in near-fatal 2007 crash in Frederick County

February 22, 2008

FREDERICK, Md. -- A Monrovia, Md. man has been charged with two counts of second-degree assault and numerous traffic offenses stemming from a near-fatal vehicle collision in May 2007.

Alton Parker, 51, was driving a 2004 Ford Crown Victoria on May 11 at 11:05 hours on Interstate 270 north of Md. 109 in Frederick County, Maryland State Police said.

A lengthy investigation, conducted by the MSP crash team, revealed Parker was driving south on I-270 in a manner which prevented other motorists from passing him.

It is alleged Parker was speeding up, slowing down and swerving back and forth between lanes, police said.

Alanna Ward, 37, of Montgomery County, was the driver of a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer in which her teenage son occupied the front passenger seat.

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As Ward attempted to pass Parker, she was forced onto the right shoulder. The collision between the two vehicles occurred after Ward successfully passed Parker, police said.

The front right corner of Parker's vehicle struck the left rear corner of Ward's SUV causing her to lose control. Ward's vehicle flipped several times before coming to rest in the median.

Police said Ward was pinned underneath her vehicle and sustained life-threatening injuries as a result.

The case was presented to the Frederick County State's Attorneys Office for review. As a result, Parker has been charged with two counts of second-degree assault which carries a possible penalty of a $2500 fine and/or 10 years in jail.

Parker was also charged with reckless driving, negligent driving, aggressive driving, speeding, failure to control speed to avoid a collision, unsafe lane changing, following too closely and improper passing.

All of the traffic charges carry a payable fine.

Parker turned himself into the Maryland State Police in Frederick Friday. After being served with the warrant, he was taken to Frederick County Central Booking where he was released on personal recognizance, according to an officer there Friday afternoon.

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