Police: 3 dead in Charles Co. crash, speeds exceeded 100 mph

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CHARLES COUNTY, Md. — Three men are dead after their car crashed early Saturday morning while they fled from a Maryland state trooper at high speed, police say.

Driver Sollan Belina, 28, and passenger Joseph Nystrom, 24, both from North Carolina, died on the scene along with Luis Daboin, 24, of Hughesville. Police say they believe Belina and Nystrom were visiting Daboin; they also believe speed and alcohol contributed to the crash.

Belina was driving on Route 925 with the two passengers in the car around 2 a.m. Saturday. A trooper was traveling behind him when police say Belina drove through a red light and began to head southbound in the northbound lanes. The trooper put her sirens on.

Belina suddenly corrected to the right side of the road, and the trooper says that he paused as if to stop for her, but then accelerated hard away and continued southbound on 925, going at “speeds estimated to be above 100 mph”, authorities say.

The three were apparently killed when Belina’s Honda Civic hit a concrete median, became airborne, and hit a tree in front of a convenience store, coming to a stop.

Anyone who may have witnessed or has information pertaining to this investigation is urged to contact the La Plata Barrack at 301-392-1200.