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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Clayton man dies in car crash in Maryland

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  • A Clayton man who allegedly refused to stop for police in Delaware was killed early Saturday morning when he apparently lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a vacant house in Kent County, Md.
    Maryland State Police identified the man as Adam M. Hughes, 25, of Clayton. Police said Hughes was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred near the intersection of Route 291 and Crane Street in Millington. His body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.
    Shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday, Maryland State Police at the Centreville Barrack were notified by Kent County central dispatch of a single vehicle crash that occurred in Millington. Police said responding troopers found Delaware police already on the scene where a 2004 Saturn SUV had crashed into a vacant house. The driver, later identified as Hughes, was the only occupant of the vehicle.
    Maryland State Police learned the driver had been seen allegedly driving erratically in Delaware. An officer from the Clayton Police Department had attempted to stop the vehicle, believing the driver may be operating the vehicle under the influence, police said. The driver allegedly refused to stop so the Clayton Police officer followed the vehicle into Maryland on Route 291 in an attempt to stop it.
    When the suspect's vehicle neared Crane Street, the preliminary investigation indicates the driver ran off the right side of the road and struck a curb, police said. The vehicle then crossed back over the centerline, rotated 180 degrees and ran off the left side of the roadway. Police said the vehicle struck a utility pole and then ran into the vacant house.
    The Maryland State Police Crash Team responded to conduct a detailed crash investigation. Police said the investigation is continuing.
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