On Monday, June 13, 2011, at approximately 12: 11 a.m., Ocean City Police responded to 67th Street and Coastal Highway for a multi-vehicle collision. A preliminary investigation revealed a Ford Mustang, traveling northbound on Coastal Highway, was driving recklessly and struck the front driver’s side of a Honda Accord, also traveling northbound. The impact of the collision caused the Honda to travel onto the sidewalk and strike several trees, while the Mustang also struck several trees, spun into the median and burst into flames. During the course of the collision, the Mustang also struck a Jeep Commander, causing it to lose control and travel to 68th Street, where it struck a street sign.
In all, five individuals were transported to area hospitals for their injuries. The driver of the Jeep Commander, the driver and passenger of the Honda, and a passenger in the Mustang were transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) for non-life threatening injuries. An additional passenger of the Mustang was transferred from PRMC to John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center to be treated for burns she sustained during the crash.
The driver of the Mustang, who was later identified as Daniel Becker, 19, of Elkton, MD, was not injured. Becker was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, negligent driving, reckless driving, unsafe lane change and speeding. At the time of this release, Becker was awaiting an initial appearance in front of an Ocean City District Court Commissioner. The Ocean City Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit is continuing to investigate the crash.