Memorial Growing for Teen Victims of Car Crash in North Potomac (VIDEO & PHOTOS)
A wooden marker decorated with flowers, a sports uniform, basketball and football is growing. Teens buried their heads in the hands in disbelief as they arrived to the spot where a car allegedly driven by Samuel Joseph Ellis, 18, about midnight Thursday careened off the roadway, struck a tree and flipped over onto its roof. Ellis is in serious condition at a local hospital, police said. He was the Wootton High School quarterback. His passenger who is 17 and not yet identified, was treated and released from the hospital.
According to Montgomery County Police Capt. Thomas Didone, two rear seat passengers were discovered dead at the scene and are identified as Alexander Murk, 18, of Potomac and Calvin Jia-Xing Li, 18, of Rockville. Neither of them was wearing his seatbelt, Didone said.
All four occupants of the car were either graduates or attended Wootton High School.
The carload of teens were headed south on Dufief Mill Road coming from a party in North Potomac where Didone said teens were drinking alcohol. Cold beer in plastic cups were found inside the car, he said. An investigation into that party is ongoing. Didone said police did issue several citations at that party but declined to say how many. He said when police arrived to the alleged party in North Potomac that party had already broken up. He also said an adult was at the home were the party allegedly occurred but he would not provide details about whether an adult was home during the alleged underage drinking party.
“These tragedies will continue until we stop enabling underage drinking,” Didone said.
Kimberly Boldon, the acting principal of Wootton High School, has written a letter of concern to parents and students about an upcoming spring break trip. The letter is posted on the front page of the school’s website. “I am writing to share concerns with you about the upcoming spring break trip being organized by some […]
Samuel Ellis, a former Wootton High School quarterback, is being formally charged for the fatal North Potomac car crash in June, which resulted in the deaths of two Wootton High School graduates. Ellis is charged with five counts, including two counts of vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence. In this MyMCMedia Extra video, Montgomery […]
David and Pamela Murk, the parents of 18-year-old Alex Murk who died in a car crash on June 25 in Potomac, released a statement on Sept. 21 in response to a Montgomery County police report. The crash also killed Calvin Li, 18, of Rockville. Murk and Li were both members of Wootton High School’s class of […]
Wootton High School is hosting a memorial tonight for the two students who died in a fatal car crash last week. The memorial for Alex Murk and Calvin Li is planned for 7 – 9 p.m. tonight (June 30th) in the high school’s auditorium, according to a note posted on the school’s website. The media […]
“It was one bad mistake that turned our lives upside down and I no longer have my son.” Those were the words from Alexander Murk’s father to the hundreds of his Wootton classmates who gathered to mourn Alex, 18 of Potomac and Calvin Jia-Xing Li, 18 of Rockville who both died when the car they […]
The principal of Wootton High School says the the school will offer grief counseling for the community on Monday. Principal Michael Doran posted a letter on the school’s website on Friday following a fatal car crash that claimed the life of two students late Thursday night. “As many of you might have seen on the […]
Two teens died in a tragic and violent car crash in North Potomac and now on the spot where they died a memorial is growing. A wooden marker decorated with flowers, a sports uniform, basketball and football is growing. Teens buried their heads in the hands in disbelief as they arrived to the spot where a […]
Montgomery County Police Captain Tom Didone held a news conference Friday afternoon to discuss the fatal car crash that claimed the life of two teenagers shortly before midnight in North Potomac. You can watch the news briefing below: Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department-Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) continue to investigate a single- vehicle, double […]
UPDATED, June 26, 10:30 a.m. – Two 18-year-olds died in the crash off Dufief Mill Road when the car they were riding in struck a tree. According to Montgomery County Police Spokesperson Natasha Plotnikov, the two who died were backseat passengers of the car. The 18-year-old driver was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. The […]