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DENTON — The Maryland State Police CRASH team is actively investigating a fatal crash that claimed the life of a Caroline County woman. The accident occurred shortly after noon, Sunday, Dec. 1 on Route 404 near Breeding Road.

The deceased has been identified as Sheila Beasley, 51, of Denton. According to police, Beasley was pronounced at the scene by EMS personnel. She was the front seat passenger in a 2008 Pontiac Vibe at the time of the incident.

The driver of the 2008 Pontiac Vibe was identified as Jessica Lynn Beasley, 27, of Denton. The report from MSP indicated Jessica Beasley was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment of her injuries sustained in the crash. Police believe Jessica and Sheila are related.

The preliminary investigation by the Maryland State Police Crash Team indicates Jessica Beasley was traveling east on Route 404 in the Pontiac Vibe when for reasons unknown at this time, she traveled into the westbound lane into oncoming traffic and was struck by a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban.

The Suburban was driven by Roger Rivers, 47, of Riverdale, Md. Rivers had four passengers with him in the vehicle at the time of the incident. All five occupants were transported by ambulance to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries sustained in the crash.

A 2015 Dodge Dart traveling behind the Suburban was being driven by a 16-year-old girl, who attempted to avoid the crash and swerved into debris in the roadway, police said. She also was transported from the scene by ambulance.

The road was closed during the investigation while traffic detours were set up by the Maryland Department of Transportation Coordinated Highways Action Response Team and State Highway Administration.

Troopers from the Easton Barrack responded to the crash along with members of the Maryland State Police CRASH team. Personnel from the Denton Volunteer Fire Department and deputies from the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene to assist.

Upon completion of the crash investigation, it will be presented to the Caroline County State’s Attorney’s Office for review. Charges are pending.

Police urge anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact Cpl. Gore at Easton Barrack at 410-819-4747. The investigation is continuing.

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