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Nov. 12, 2015

Blair graduates killed in separate car accidents

by Eleanor Cook, Online Editor-in-Chief
Mohammed Shafiq Khan, 21, crashed into a tree at the intersection of Gist Ave. and Ray Dr. in Silver Spring on Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the early morning. On the evening of Thursday, Oct. 22, Yoftahea Afework Melese, 20, crashed on Carroll Ave.

According to Montgomery County Police Spokesperson Rick Goodale, Khan, who graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in 2012, was heading south on Gist Ave. in a 2012 Volkswagen Passat before he collided with a tree. "The car left the roadway, struck a tree, and then caught fire," Goodale said.
Mohammed Shafiq Khan graduated from Blair in 2012. Courtesy of Silverlogue
Mohammed Shafiq Khan graduated from Blair in 2012.

Senior Nabila Hack, who was Khan's cousin, said that Khan had left to run an errand, and crashed on his way home. "He went out to 7/11 to get something and while he was coming back, he crashed into a tree," Hack said. According to Hack, neighbors came out of their houses when Khan crashed, but while they saw his car burning, they could do nothing to help him.

Melese, who graduated from Blair in 2014, crashed into a stone wall and embankment in front of 7810 Carroll Ave. around 7:27 p.m. He had been driving north on Carroll Ave. with two 16-year-olds in his 2000 Toyota Corolla when he left the road.
Yoftahea Afework Melese graduated in 2014. Courtesy of Silverlogue
Yoftahea Afework Melese graduated in 2014.

The Takoma Park Police officers and members of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue who responded to the crash pronounced Melese dead on the scene. His two passengers were taken to the hospital. "The driver succumbed to his injuries on scene and there was a front seat passenger who was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and a rear seat passenger who was also taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries," Goodale said.

Melese had just recently gotten his driverís license, according to senior Elshaday Beyene who was one of his close friends. "He got his license about three months ago," Beyene said.

According to Goodale, the deaths of Khan and Melese are two out of 33 fatalities associated with motor vehicle collisions that have happened in Montgomery County in 2015.

Both crashes remain under investigation by the Montgomery County Police. The causes of each crash remain unknown, as detectives await autopsy and toxicology results on both Khan and Melese.



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  • Nadia Homed on December 11, 2016 at 7:01 PM
    My cousin... It hurts but, it's nice that you guys wrote this article on him. Shafiq Khan<3.
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