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Police ID 2 killed in New Year's Day crash in Md.

Monday - 1/2/2012, 1:34pm  ET

Mont. County police continue fatal crash investigation

WTOP's Kate Ryan reports

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BETHESDA, Md. - Police have identified the two people killed in a single-vehicle crash in Bethesda Sunday as a 20-year-old male and 18-year-old female.

Police say Nicholas Scott Clayton, of an unknown address, was sitting in the front passenger seat when he died on the scene.

Kaitlin Marie Gallagher, of an unknown address, also died on the scene of the crash. She was seated behind Clayton in the right rear passenger seat.

The two were found dead in a 2007 Chevrolet Trail Blazer which had been traveling westbound on Jones Bridge Road before it left the roadway, traveled over a sidewalk, hit a fence and then came to rest after striking a tree.

The crash, which occurred around 2:50 a.m. New Year's Day, also left three others injured.

Montgomery County Police did find beer cans in the car.

"The fact that cans of alcoholic beverage were inside that vehicle doesn't mean the driver had any amount in his system," says Montgomery County Police spokesman Capt. Paul Starks.

The driver, who was taken to Shock Trauma in Baltimore in serious condition, has been identified as Roderick Eugene Brice II, 22 years old, of the 12900 block of Clarks Crossing Drive in Clarksburg.

The rear center seat passenger has been identified as Conor John Hayes, 18 years old, of the 5800 block of Nicholson Lane in Rockville.

The left rear passenger has been identified as Kevin Seiji Russel, 19 years old, of the 4700 block of Willard Avenue in Chevy Chase.

Hayes and Russel were transported to Suburban Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police are investigating whether the two deceased passengers were using seat belts. The three remaining occupants were wearing seat belts, police say.

The crash investigation continues. Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 301-840-2435.

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