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A car and an SUV collided head-on in Potomac on Friday night, killing two people and injuring five more, Montgomery County police said.

A Ford Expedition and a Mercedes CLA45 AMG crashed before 8 p.m. on Oaklyn Drive near Pleasant Gate, according to police.

Two men in the backseat of the Mercedes died after they were taken to a local hospital. Police identified them as Hersh Bhansaly, a 25-year-old from Bethesda, and Brian Everett Laurence, a 25-year-old from Potomac.

The drivers of both vehicles, as well as another passenger in the Mercedes and two passengers in the Ford, were transported to local hospitals with injuries not considered life-threatening.

According to police, the 2012 Ford was driving west on Oaklyn Drive and the 2015 Mercedes was heading east. Police are still investigating why the two cars collided.

Police identified the driver of the Mercedes as Daniel Alex Epstein, 25, of West Hollywood, California, and the driver of the Ford as Addison Leigh Poole, a 16-year-old from the 17500 block of Wheat Fall Drive in Derwood.


The injured passenger in the Mercedes was an adult man from Potomac sitting in the front seat. The two injured passengers in the Ford were juvenile girls, Officer Rick Goodale, a police spokesman said. One is from Potomac and the other is from Bethesda.

About 50 first responders, including 10 paramedics, arrived on the scene, according to Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service spokesman Pete Piringer. Oaklyn Drive was closed for several hours.

Police have asked anyone with information about the crash to call 240-773-6620.