Deceased Victim Identified in Fatal Multi-Vehicle Crash on Interstate 495 in Montgomery County, Maryland

ROCKVILLE, MD – The Maryland State Police (MSP) is reporting that the MSP Crash team continues the investigation into a multi-vehicle crash which claimed the life of a Pennsylvania woman and injured nine others Tuesday night in Montgomery County.

The deceased is identified as Elizabeth Velez, 36, of Easton, Pennsylvania.  She was the driver of a Nissan Pathfinder involved in the crash. Velez is the mother of three children, ages 2, 5, and 15, all of whom were passengers in the vehicle.

The front seat passenger in the Nissan is identified as John Tejada, 36, of Pennsylvania. Velez, along with two of the passengers, Tejada and a 15-year-old girl, were transported to Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center. The two younger children, ages 2 and 5, were transported to Inova Hospital in Virginia.

The driver and four passengers of a Lexus SUV were also injured in the crash. All five adults were transported to Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.

Police received 9-1-1 calls reporting a white Mercedes CLS 450 traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of I-270 near Rockledge Drive Tuesday night shortly before midnight. The preliminary investigation indicates the driver, later identified as Jayleen Hannor, 23, of Macon, Georgia continued driving the wrong direction on I-270 on to the outer loop of I-495 when he crashed into a Nissan Pathfinder and a Lexus SUV at exit 34, Route 355. Hannor continued driving until he bailed out of the vehicle and fled on foot in the area of Connecticut Avenue.

Hannor was taken into police custody and transported to the Rockville Barrack for processing. He was later transported to Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center where he is currently under police guard.

Hannor faces multiple charges to include:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Failure to immediately return and remain at the scene of a crash involving death

Additional charges are pending further investigation and consultation with the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The Maryland State Police Crash Team leads the investigation. Officers from the Montgomery County Police Department assisted at the scene while the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration assisted with lane closures on the outer loop of I-495 in the area of Route 355. All lanes were reopened at 5:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Anyone with information relevant to this investigation is asked to contact police at the Rockville Barrack at 301-424-2101.  All callers may remain anonymous. The investigation continues.



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