Morgantown man, woman arrested for fatal Maryland crash that killed two children

Published: Apr. 5, 2019 at 7:19 PM EDT
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UPDATE 4/5/19

Maryland State Police have arrested two people from Morgantown who are facing charges related to a 2018 vehicle crash in Maryland that left two children dead.

Joshua Murray, 40, and Crystal Adams, 35 were arrested Wednesday by West Virginia State Police.

Their charges are neglect of a minor, three counts of having an occupant under 16 not restrained by a seat belt, criminally negligent manslaughter by vehicle, among others.

Murray is being held without bail while Adams is being held on $50,000 bail at the Garrett County Detention Center.

According to Maryland State Police, on July 3, 2018 about 3 p.m. they were called to I-68 near the Maryland-West Virginia state line on a report of a single vehicle accident that occurred in the rain. Adams and four juveniles, ages 5, 12, 13 and 14 were ejected from the car.

Murray was the only one who was not ejected from the vehicle. None of the children had on seat belts or car seats.

Tyler Murray, 13, was taken to the hospital where he later died and Kyra Adams, 12, was treated at Ruby Memorial Hospital, where she died on July 5.

According to investigators, Adams initially claimed to be the driver of the vehicle, but later concluded Murray was the driver.

UPDATE 7/6/18

Upon further investigation, it has been determined that Crystal Adams of Morgantown was not the driver in a deadly accident on I-69 earlier this week.

According to Maryland State Police, it has been determined that Joshua Murray was driving a 2004 Ford Explorer when he lost control of the vehicle, which struck an embankment and rolled multiple times.

Five out of 6 passengers were thrown from the vehicle. Police say Murray's 13-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter died from injuries they sustained.

UPDATE 7/5/18

Maryland State Police confirmed the 12-year-old girl passed away following Tuesday's I-68 accident.


One person is dead and several others injured after a single-vehicle accident in Garrett County, Maryland.

According to Maryland State Police, the incident happened Tuesday on I-68 in the eastbound lanes.

Upon further investigation, authorities found that a 2004 Ford Explorer, driven by Crystal Adams of Morgantown, was traveling eastbound along I-68 when she lost control causing her to hit an embankment, and roll over several times.

There were six passengers, including four juveniles in the vehicle, five of which were ejected. A 13-year-old boy died while being taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital. A 12-year-old juvenile was also flown to Ruby Memorial for life-threatening injuries.

The Friendsville Fire Department, State Highway Administration, and Garrett County Rescue Squad also responded to the scene.

Maryland State Police is handling the investigation.

If anyone witnessed the accident, contact the McHenry State Police Barracks at 301-387-1101.

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