Maryland State Police said Monday that an investigation was continuing into a three-car chain-reaction crash on the Capital Beltway on Sunday that led one man to jump from a bridge to avoid being struck.
The crash happened shortly before 6 a.m. on the outer loop at Clara Barton Parkway.
Maryland state police believe Toray Lamond Guider, 43, of Walkersville was driving a 2015 Honda sedan and was involved in a single-vehicle crash around that time.
For unknown reasons, Guider’s car struck a guardrail and overturned, landing on its roof across two lanes of the beltway. Guider was able to safely exit the car and walk to the right shoulder.
Moments after the initial crash, William Schnaekel, 45, of Dallastown, Pennsylvania, came upon the scene. Schnaekel, who works for a fire and rescue service, stopped his Honda sedan in front of Guider’s overturned car to offer assistance.
Investigators then believe a third car, driven by Fatemeh Beshkari, crashed into the overturned vehicle and struck the rear of Schnaekel’s vehicle. Troopers believe Guider jumped over a bridge to get out of the way of the second crash.
First responders found Guider below the right side of the American Legion Bridge, about 50 feet below in a grassy area. He was transported from the scene to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he is currently receiving medical treatment for injuries sustained in the incident, according to police.
Beshkari, 46, of Gaithersburg also was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital for treatment. Schnaekel was transported to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.
Troopers from the Rockville Barrack responded to the scene along with fire and rescue personnel from Montgomery County. The Maryland State Police CRASH Team also responded to investigate the cause of the crash.