Updated: Two Killed In Early Morning Crash on I-95

The incident happened on Abingdon, near Mountain Road.

(Updated 11:37 a.m.)—Road rage may have contributed to a two-car accident on Interstate 95 in Abingdon early Saturday morning that left two people dead, state police said.

According to Maryland State Police, the crash happened shortly after 2 a.m. when a Lexus that had been parked on the right shoulder near the Route 24 exit quickly merged back into traffic and into the far left lane.

Police say the driver of the Lexus, Veney B. Tanner Jr. of Abingdon, had been in a dispute with the occupants of a Jeep that had stopped suddenly on the highway. Witnesses told police both vehicles pulled to the shoulder, and someone in the Jeep banged on the Lexus' windows.

After crossing the lanes of I-95, Tanner's Lexus was struck from behind by a box-truck.

Off-duty state police Cpl. Kevin Watkins came upon the crash shortly after it happened and pulled the three occupants out of the Lexus, which was on fire, and attempted CPR on Tanner. 

Tanner, 31, and Janelle E. Jackson, 17, of Baltimore were both flown by helicopter to area hospitals, where they were later pronounced dead, according to Maryland State Police.

The third occupant of the Lexus, 38-year-old Myron Doram of Randallstown, and the box truck's driver, Clinton T. Griffin, 63, of Newark, DE, were taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. 

Watkins was treated for smoke inhalation at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and released, according to police.

All northbound lanes of I-95 were closed until around 7:30 a.m.

State police are still looking for the driver and occupants of the Jeep involved in the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call 410-537-1150.

funnyguy November 24, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Road rage is bad stuff. People need to understand that an automobile is not some luxury mini-apartment on wheels, where you just get behind the wheel and relax, zone out, and expect smooth sailing. Its guaranteed that people are going to cut you off, tailgate you, speed past you and more. So next time somebody cuts you off dont go throwing your hands in the air and getting into a fit of rage, it happens. I dont understand why some people are like "Well I was driving safely, then that jerk cut me off!!! So I started tailgating him at 80mph, threw my coffee and was screaming at the top of my lungs and swerving! That'll teach em to cut into my lane w/o a blinker!!!"
Carol November 24, 2012 at 08:49 PM
I agree. People are in too big of a hurry to get no where fast! Now this took the lives of two people and another one hurt. To some people life doesn't mean a thing. sad, sad, sad. Prayers for the families that are dealing with this loss. God Bless You and comfort you at this time.
FreeThinker November 24, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Veney Basell Tanner had a history of violence, including several attempted murders, numerous assaults, posession of a firearm, robbery with a deadly weapon, drug distribution, etc. Sorry to hear about the young lady but glad that this road rage incident didn't turn out deadlier than it did.
PurpleNeons November 24, 2012 at 10:17 PM
I knew it was just a matter of time before some JERK, yea thats you Freethinker, would come in and spit on the body of the deceased. Why don't you do some volunteer work or something and make yourself useful to society. As you are your just a festering boil on society.
FreeThinker November 24, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Actually I'm sitting here looking a Governor's Citation I received for the amount of charity work that I've done. I'm also giving thanks this Holiday season that I will be able to continue that work without being distracted by locking up Mr. Tanner, breaking up a fight hes involved in, or telling another family that he has caused harm to their loved one. Its not like he turned his life around from his previous ways, he died in the process of continuing his reign of terror on society.
PurpleNeons November 25, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Your still an idiot, jerk.....remind me of the old ladies in the neighborhood who would hide behind the curtains and watch everything in the neighborhood and make themselves feel like they were alive by gossiping about the kids and there parents. Get a life loser. You feel better now that you've urinated on a dead person? Yea....thought so....you need something to fill you pathetic life.
PurpleNeons November 25, 2012 at 12:28 AM
FreeThinker still sitting by the computer waiting for another tragedy to occur to add some excitement to an empty existence....Gotta be the first to dig up the dirt don't you freako. Pathetic.
RW Willy November 25, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Drug deal gone bad! My $.02. Nothing good happens after 12:00.
FreeThinker November 25, 2012 at 01:38 AM
PurpleNeons, this is a simple concept so hopefully you will get it. Person X is a scum bag on saturday then on sunday he dies. Person X does not become a saint or even a lesser scum bag because he died, he becomes a dead scum bag. There's no reason for people to get all sensitive or sympathetic because there is no chemical released upon death that makes you better than you were. Good riddens to this guy, be glad it wasn't one of the thousands of doctors, nurses, volunteers, or other good law abiding family members that were travelling that day.
BeStylin November 25, 2012 at 04:57 AM
I had my first ever road rage experience with a young man yesterday with road rage. He was also upset that he was cut off, which was an accident, because we did not see him and had no idea what he was talking about when he approached our car. I thought he wanted to tell us we had a tail light out or something. But instead he wanted to chastise us for cutting him off. We were like, what are you talking about and so when the light changed we just moved on. But he was not satisfied, so he followed us and got out of his car and started carrying on, then banged on our window and roof of the car! I have no idea what these people expect. And you have to have some sort of death wish if you walk up on a stranger's car. You don't know what that person has waiting for you when you go over to their car. You in a rage could get killed. Unfortunately, it was not the one pounding on the window of this car that got killed. It's sad and crazy. Anyway, it made me think, that maybe sometimes people act out in a rage because something else in their life is going wrong, and instead of confronting them with the same violence they are trying to perpetuate its best to just keep it moving.
BeStylin November 25, 2012 at 05:07 AM
Sir, the article says that the person in the Jeep was banging on Mr. Tanner's window, that to me says that it was the other person reigning the terror at that moment not Mr. Tanner.
michaelDotsonjr November 25, 2012 at 07:43 PM
To freeshit or whatever your name is vegas was loved by many and a goodhearted person and most of all a father and a son you inconsiderate bastard.That was my mother fucking homeboy.Just a reminder only god can judge him.Watch that rag in your mouth and know the facts bitch.
Milt Roberts November 25, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Not wishing anything bad on anyone but the guy was a thug.
Penelope Patch November 26, 2012 at 05:07 AM
I'm so sorry that those people had to die and now their families and friends are grieving their loss. Regardless of who or what they were, they were people and the way in which they died was horrific. I once had an experience with road rage where my husband and I were coming back from visiting our son in the hospital. We were both tired and my husband apparently cut this guy off on I-95. Over the next hour, he proceeded to follow us and at an intersection, got out of his car and banged on our window. I am so glad that my husband didn't get out of the car. We were finally able to snag a police car for help. That was "back in the day" when people didn't have cell phones. To make a long story short, I wish the people in the accident had never pulled off the side of the road. God bless.
Robert Nicholson November 26, 2012 at 01:28 PM
People involved in road rage are angry, mad even, long before they get behind the wheel. 100 years ago they would have been on horse back. So they take the privelage of driving and turn their car into their own personal assault vehicle. Why pull off to confront soneone terrorizing you as you drive? Probably means your mad, too!
Justin November 26, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Despite the road rage incident i don't see how this is any fault to the person in the Jeep. He got mad, they both pulled over, had an altercation of some sort (verbal i guess) then she unsafely merged into the fast lane and got hit. I understand wanting to find the Jeep and see what happened but they don't seem to be at fault here.
Robert Nicholson November 26, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Look,Justin. If you feel threatened while driving, you drive to a police station or dial 911 and have the police tell you where to go. YOU DON'T PULL OVER UNLESS YOU ARE A TROUBLE-MAKER TOO! That simple!!! What do you have to gain by pulling over? More Rage!
Justin November 26, 2012 at 03:26 PM
I hear you Robert. I am a civilized person, I have pulled over before because i was being tailgated and wanted the person to pass me and they pulled over behind me got out and asked if i was ok lol. Some times these things happen. I just think the article makes it seem like the Jeep was at fault. When really it was just the lexus's fault for not being able to merge properly.
Bryan Thompson November 27, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Despite "PurpleNeons" tongue lashing of "FreeThinker", I am going to risk a tongue lashing myself...and agree with "FreeThinker". I'm not saying that I am glad ANYBODY is dead, and neither did "FreeThinker". He simply pointed out a fact. Feel how you want about his death, after learning the facts about Tanner's criminal history. But regardless of how you feel, there is no way that ANYONE can deny that society is safer, with one less violent thug. And you and your family are part of that "society" too, "PurpleNeons". Bet you would feel differently about "FreeThinker's" comment if one of Tanner's past violent crime victims were you or one of your family members...
Patricia M November 27, 2012 at 01:46 PM
As always with this type of accident, yes, it was an accident regardless of the circumstances, thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones of those lost. They have lost family and nothing else matters at this time to them. May they find comfort at this difficult time
Pstroms November 28, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Although the person in the jeep should have stayed back after the accident and gave a statement as to what happened. The fact that they left the scene is suspicious to me.
Greg P November 29, 2012 at 06:12 AM
WIth friends like you, I can't imagine why anyone would think he was a bad peron.
Edgewood Alumni February 01, 2013 at 03:03 PM
The jeep left, they had nothing to do with the Lexus pulling across 2-3 lanes of traffic at that hour and at a fast rate of speed...he pulled out in front of the box truck. The lexus is at fault, not the jeep, not the box truck. The choices we make in our lives, define who we are...so make better choices and you wont be on the criminal judiciary page and you wont end up in a body bag. Reality.


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