UPDATE: Magruder High Senior, Two Grads Killed in Crash

The driver fled the scene after the early morning crash on Route 108 in Olney, police said.

Update, 11:35 p.m.:

Kevin Coffay, 20, is facing multiple charges after police said he left the scene of Sunday morning's fatal crash on Olney-Laytonsville Road in Olney.

Police said Coffay was driving the car that left the road and struck a tree about 3:11 a.m., killing a Magruder High School senior and two Magruder graduates.

Police K-9 units searched for Coffay after the crash, finding him after about three hours outside his home in the 16700 block of Cutlass Drive in Rockville, according to a county police news release.

Coffay was taken to a hospital and treated for minor injuries. After his discharge from the hospital he was taken to the Montgomery County Detention Center and charged with the following:

  • Failure to immediately return and remain at the scene of an accident involving bodily injury.
  • Failure to immediately stop a vehicle at the scene of an accident involving death.
  • Failure of a driver involved in an accident to render reasonable assistance to an injured person.
  • Failure of a vehicle driver in accident to report (bodily injury, death, attended vehicle damage, property damage) to nearest police.
  • Attempt by a driver to elude uniformed police by fleeing on foot. 

Coffay is being held at the county detention center on $500,000 bond, the release said. A bond hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Monday in Montgomery County District Court in Rockville.

Police conducted a blood test to determine if Coffay was under the influence of alcohol. It could be weeks until the results are known. Police also said that it is too early to know if speed was a factor.

Coffay is facing charges for traffic offenses, but could face criminal charges and additional traffic charges after the county police's Collision Reconstruction Unit completes its investigation, the release said.

Hundreds gathered at the Olney Boys and Girls Club Park near the crash scene for a candlelight vigil on Sunday night.

Original, 3:20 p.m.:

A Col. Zadok Magruder High School student and two other Magruder High graduates were killed and two others were injured in a crash early Sunday morning in Olney.

The single-vehicle crash occurred about 3:11 a.m. in the 4700 block of Olney-Laytonsville Road at Volunteer Drive, near the Olney Boys and Girls Club Park.

County police are investigating why the silver 2007 Toyota Corolla traveling east on Olney-Laytonsville Road left the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.

Haeley N. McGuire, 18, of the 5600 block of Artesian Drive in Derwood, was taken to a MedStar hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Spencer Datt, 18, of the 5700 block of Sunrise Hill Road in Derwood, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. He was the passenger in the car’s right front seat.

John Hoover, 20, of the 5800 block of Rolling Drive in Derwood, was taken to Montgomery General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was the passenger in the center rear seat.

Charles Anthony Nardella,19, of the 7700 block of Shady Brook Lane in Gaithersburg, was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was the passenger in the car’s left rear seat. 

The driver, Kevin Coffay, 20, of the 16700 block of Cutlass Drive in Rockville fled the scene, police said. He was located by police three hours later and taken to a hospital for minor injuries.

It was not clear why Coffay left the scene or whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash, a police spokeswoman said on Sunday afternoon. Police had no information about any criminal charges. The incident remains under investigation.

McGuire was a senior at Magruder High, said Dana Tofig, a county schools spokesman. The other occupants of the car graduated from Magruder in 2009 and 2010, Tofig said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the county police’s Collision Reconstruction Unit at 301-840-2435. 

Edward Smith May 16, 2011 at 12:26 AM
Kevein Coffay caused an injury accident last year. He plead guilty to "failure to control speed to avoid collision." He also received a ticket for going 83 in a 55.
Sharon May 16, 2011 at 11:37 PM
All the comments on this particular catastrophe should be coordinated. Montgomery Village Patch reported by Sebastian printed this story (Breaking News) earlier this morning and none of the original comments are included or combined under Gaithersburg PATCH. Gives a clearer picture of overall opinions and outrage actually if ALL combined.
Sean R. Sedam May 17, 2011 at 12:31 AM
Sharon: I agree. Unfortunately, I'm not sure that we're able to coordinate them all at this point. In lieu of a better option, I'll link to the Montgomery Village version of the original article about the crash. (The Rockville and Gaithersburg version appears above.) If you'd like to read the comments attached to the Montgomery Village version click here: http://montgomeryvillage.patch.com/articles/single-vehicle-crash-leaves-three-dead-in-olney This report, from the bond hearing, should have the same comment stream across all sites: http://montgomeryvillage.patch.com/articles/driver-in-fatal-wreck-attended-two-parties-before-crash I hope that makes things a bit easier, if not perfect. --Sean
Sharon May 17, 2011 at 01:10 AM
Thanks, Sean! I have been jumping back and forth reading all comments realizing that coordinating was the issue. At first though I thought original comments had somehow been deleted. It's simply that others out there keeping track of this story will probably not realize appearance (entire comment thread/history) depends on which PATCH location one made comment. Thank you anyway for the links.
Sarah May 18, 2011 at 05:51 PM
The loss of these people have effected so many people at my school. I have seem the emotions sufaced by this and I only hope that justice is done to help the family and friends of this horible insident, especially through graduation!


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