Sybil DiMaggio Car Accident: What happened to the Maryland Woman? Watch Video

Sybil DiMaggio Car Accident: What happened to the Maryland Woman? Watch Video

Traffic camera video shows a crash in Baltimore County, Maryland women Sybil DiMaggio that killed six construction workers on the Beltway Wednesday.

Sybil DiMaggio Car Accident-What happened at the crash?

Video recorded from Maryland traffic cameras shows the collision that happened moments before the crash that killed six construction workers on the west side of the Baltimore Beltway.

According to a video obtained by The Banner, two drivers were moving at a high speed when one vehicle crossed into the left-most lane, struck the other vehicle, lost control, and flipped into a construction zone, resulting in the death of six highway workers in the Wednesday afternoon collision on the Baltimore Beltway.

Footage shows both a gray and white car was speeding and virtually in the same lane as the driver of the gray car veered into the path of the other vehicle moments before the collision.

“Tragically, there are numerous multi-fatality crashes every week, however, this is one of the deadliest crashes in recent years involving highway construction workers,” said Peter Knudson, a public affairs officer with the National Transportation Safety Board.

Twenty-four workers died at road construction sites across the country in 2021, the most recent year for which data is available, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number hovered just below 50 from 2014 to 2018, according to the agency.

Who is Sybil DiMaggio ?

Sybil Lee Dimaggio, 46. The driver of the car was taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Shock Trauma Center, police said. Dimaggio’s husband was too distraught to talk on camera but said “she loved her job, but this site terrified her.”

Sabrina Rasheed, a driving instructor, and owner of Integrity Driving School in Lansdowne say she talked about the accident in her driving classes yesterday, using it to illustrate how quickly things can happen on the road. Rasheed said it appears the black car may have been changing lanes while the white car was in its blind spot and “speeding aggressively.”

“I tell my students, we are all speeding to get where? Walmart is going to be there at the end of the day. Home is going to be there at the end of the day. Your job is going to be there at the end of the day,” Rasheed said. “I’ll take a write-up for being late. At least I get to live to see tomorrow. Six people out there won’t see tomorrow.”

Rasheed said she hopes her students will take that advice to heart, and she feels heartbroken for all the families involved in Wednesday’s fatal crash.

Who are the Victims of the  accident?

Maryland State Police have not yet concluded their investigation into the cause, but they have identified the victims as:

  • Mahlon Simmons II, 52, and Mahlon Simmons III, 31, were father and son
  • Rolando Ruiz, 46
  • Carlos Orlando Villatoro Escobar, 43
  • Jose Armando Escobar, 52
  • Sybil Lee Dimaggio, 46

State Highway officials said they are changing the timing of the traffic lights surrounding the crash to help relieve traffic.

On behalf of all the residents of Baltimore County, we offer our sincere condolences to the families, friends, and loved ones of those who have lost their lives in today’s tragic crash and my prayers remain with those injured in this horrific incident,” Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski noted in a statement on Twitter.

Similar Incident on 2018

In 2018, the most recent year for which data is available, eight were killed when they were hit by motorists, an agency spokesperson confirmed. Five of the workers killed Wednesday were employed by Concrete General, Inc., a Gaithersburg-based contracting business, the company’s owners said in a Thursday afternoon statement. “Each of these lives brought strength to the CGI Family, knowledge of the tasks and leadership in the industry,” they said. “Their contributions to our team will be missed.”

Who was the Second Driver?

Malachi Brown, 20, of Windsor Mill, was the second driver, according to Maryland State Police. There were no reported injuries when Mr. Brown stopped north of the event.

According to Shanteé Felix, media relations manager for the Maryland State Highway Administration, work at the location was part of a project to widen the pavement on the Baltimore Beltway, repair the shoulder area, put up new signage, and improve lighting, all in an effort to lessen traffic on the west and north sides of the highway.

Around 12:40 p.m. on Wednesday, state police were called to the incident on the inner loop close to the Security Boulevard exit. The six highway employees were pronounced dead at the scene by the Baltimore County Fire Department, according to authorities.

What are the two cars involved in a crash?

The two cars involved were a gray 2017 Acura TLX and a 2017 white Volkswagen, Maryland State Police said. They identified the driver of the Acura as 54-year-old Lisa Adrienna Lea, of Randallstown. Video footage shows that as the Acura veered into the left-most lane, it hit the passenger side of the Volkswagen and swerved in front of the other vehicle before flipping over temporary jersey walls and into the work zone.

Lea is in the Maryland Shock Trauma Center receiving treatment for her injuries. She was the sole occupant in the Acura, police said.

As per the Police Investigation

The Maryland State Police Crash Team and NTSB are investigating the fatal collision. Once the investigation concludes, state police will consult with the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office to determine if charges will be filed, authorities said. Knudson said the federal agency will investigate issues related to speed, construction zone safety, and “collision avoidance technology.”

Anyone who witnessed the crash can send an email to [email protected]. From 2016 to 2020, there were more than 7,000 work-zone-related crashes that killed 46 people and injured 3,263, according to statistics from the Maryland Department of Transportation.

MDOT is part of a Federal Highway Administration campaign called National Work Zone Awareness Week, which begins April 17. The campaign aims to educate people about safe driving practices in work zones.

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