Howard County man dead after teen flees traffic stop

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HOWARD COUNTY, Md. — Police say a man is dead after an 18-year-old woman fled a traffic stop and smashed into his car on Route 103, and they think alcohol may be a factor in the crash.

Biik Chong, 26, was pronounced dead after being taken to the University of Maryland trauma center. His passenger, Lian Kung, 44, is being treated at the hospital. The woman who reportedly struck him, Natalia Diaz-Valle, 18, has been treated for injuries and released, and so has her passenger.

Maryland State Police say that a trooper tried to pull Diaz-Valle over for doing 70 in a 55 mph zone, at which point she sped away and took the exit for Route 103. Chong was turning out of a restaurant parking lot onto the road, when police say Diaz-Valle struck his vehicle in the driver’s side door.

Police say preliminary investigation indicates alcohol is a possible factor in the crash. Charges are pending but have not been filed.

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