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5 Children Killed in Saturday Morning Crash in Bowie

February 2, 2019
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Update:

Christopher Dixon, the father of London and Paris, has shared a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses for his daughters along with their three cousins.

Original Story:

Five children died in a car crash in Prince George's County early Saturday morning, according to Maryland State Police. 

The children – who are all related and between the ages of 5 and 15 – died after the minivan they were traveling in went off U.S. Route 301 into a wooded area, struck several trees, and spun into a snow covered field.

All five children were ejected from the vehicle and were pronounced dead at the scene.

Two adults – the driver Dominique R. Taylor, 32, of Bowie and Cornell D. Simon, 23, of Oxon Hill, who was in the front passenger seat – survived the crash and are being treated at the University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center.

Police identified London Dixon, 8, and Paris Dixon, 5, both from Bowie, and Zion Beard, 14, Rickelle Ricks, 6, and Damari Herald, 15, all from Washington, D.C. 

The crash occurred near Pointer Ridge Drive shorty before 5 a.m.

Based on preliminary evidence at the scene, investigators believe the children were positioned in the rear seats of the vehicle, but were not properly restrained in the car at the time of the crash.

“Every collision we have where lose life is a tragedy. It’s as simple as that. And when children are involved … it’s more of a tragedy,” said Maryland State Police Capt. Daniel Pickett, reports WTOP.   

Investigators have not determined the cause of the crash at this time and are not ruling out any cause or contributing factor.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan expressed his sympathy in a tweet Saturday.