(Updated) Three-Car Crash Kills Two in Randallstown Tuesday

Police identified the two victims in Tuesday afternoon's fatal crash.

Update (9:58 p.m.): Baltimore County police have determined the cause of a multi-car collision that left two dead and Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of McDonogh Road and Star Circle in Owings Mills, a police spokesman said.

Investigators concluded that a vehicle, driven by 22-year-old Melvin Bettis III, crossed over the center turn lane into oncoming traffic, collided head-on with another vehicle and then struck a third car, county police said in a press release.

Bettis, of Pikesville, initially struck the sedan of Andre Murphy, 60, also of Pikesville. Both Bettis and Murphy were pronounced dead at the scene, the release said.

The driver of the third car, a 33-year-old Owings Mills woman, was not injured when contacted by Bettis' spinning four door sedan, police said.

The crash remains under investigation, but police have said speed is believed to be a factor. 

Police and fire crews were dispatched at approximately 2:20 p.m.

The closed lanes of McDonogh Road between Painters Mill and Winands roads were reopened around 7 p.m. 

This story was updated at 4:35 p.m. to include the cause of the crash. The headline was also changed to reflect that the accident occurred in Randallstown, not Owings Mills. 

BMW February 21, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I know its not your fault, just venting
Carrie G. February 22, 2012 at 02:51 AM
I new it had to be bad I was going to McDonogh to meet my niece at 3pm and when I was leaving it was still there at almost 5pm. I feel for the friends and family members of the hurt and departed.
Linda Strowbridge February 23, 2012 at 01:08 AM
This stretch of road has become increasingly dangerous. There is a lot of speeding and a lot of reckless lane changes up near the Lyons Mill intersection. With all the development happening along Painters Mill and Lyons Mill, it is likely to get worse. It would be nice to see some traffic calming or heightened patrolling in this area.
Star child February 24, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Oh this is tragic ! That's why they need to change the age of driving to 25 ! They let these young kids drive and they have no guidance to safe speed and driving !! I'm so sorry for the loss of the family members affected by this tragedy ! May God be with them !
Gorgeous B February 28, 2012 at 08:17 AM
Age doesnt matter when it comes to driving bcuz a 70 yo bus driver killed someone walking bcuz he was speeding a few years ago its all about safety and its not about pointing fingers 2 ppl are dead from the situation smh... R.I.P Melvin ur with god now... And rip to the other person... Its so sad tht this had to happened:(


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