Update: Fatal Car Accident on Piney Branch; Two Dead

Montgomery County Police are currently investigating the cause, police said.

Update, March 16 at 9:55 a.m.

Montgomery County Police confirm the identity of the front passenger of the Black Toyota Corolla to be Sylvia Clarice Taiko Reiff, 23, from the 10300
block of Royal Road in Silver Spring.

She was pronounced deceased at the scene, police said.

As the investigation continues, The Montgomery County Police Collision Reconstructive Unit ask that anyone with information about the fatal collision to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 301-840-2435.

Original Post, March 15

Police are investigating a fatal car accident in Silver Spring that claimed the lives of two residents.

According to Montgomery County Police, two cars collided on Thursday afternoon at about 12:27 p.m. A driver in a black 2006 Toyota Corolla was traveling eastbound in the 9300 block of Piney Branch Road and for some unknown reason crossed the center of the roadway hitting a black 1995 Ford tow truck that was traveling westbound on Piney Branch Road.

The impact of the accident immediately took the life of a 23-year-old female sitting in the passenger seat of the Toyota Corolla, police said. The female passenger is not being identified until her family is notified.

The driver of the Toyota Corolla is identified as 26-year-old Olin Dale Sorenson. Sorenson was transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center and succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. 

The tow-truck driver, 51-year-old Melesio J. Monterroza Cartagena, was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Montgomery County Police Collision Reconstructive Unit is investigating the cause of the accident and ask that anyone who witnessed the fatal collision to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 301-840-2435.

Callers may remain anonymous.

M Willard March 23, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Olin has been a close friend & a part of our family for nearly half of his life. He was kind & generous, he lived happy, with honor & integrity. His mother is wonderful, & his brothers are good young men that where honored to have Olin as an older brother, as an example. I will think of him everyday, as some of his gifts literally help to hold me up. Olin's smile, energy, kindness, & joy of living his life, is an inspiration to stay happy & "Make a Difference". We did not know Sylvia, but do feel so bad for her loss, and for the pain that both families must endure. We will miss you, Your best friends in the NW, Veanna & her family, Michael, Laura, Levi, & Alyssa Willard
Billy Branham April 12, 2012 at 04:22 AM
that was my sister in that accident. call me 2026094095
Billy Branham April 12, 2012 at 04:23 AM
i just found out that my little sister is gone please can somebody let me know something before i lose my mind
Billy Branham April 12, 2012 at 04:24 AM
lavelle give me a call asap 2026094095. what happend to my baby sister.
Bonny Palmer May 02, 2012 at 06:58 PM
All are invited to Sylvia Clarice Reiff's memorial service! Obit in Wash. Post follows: Sylvia was born 19 March 1988 in Gaithersburg to Angela Reiff Jackson and the late Willie Lee Jackson. Sylvia attended Beauvoir School, NCS, Chevy Chase Elementary, graduated from Whitman High School in 2006 and attended Montgomery College, Rockville. She was employed by Giant Food. She leaves her mother, Angela Jackson of Ft. Lauderdale , Florida, her grandparents, Fred and Sylvia Reiff of Reno, Nevada (formerly of Chevy Chase), an uncle, Peter M. Reiff ; cousins, Colton and Riley Reiff, of Stephen’s City, Virginia; cousins Peter M. (P.J.) Reiff, Jr., Maura D. Reiff, and Hunter A. Reiff of Martinsburg, West Virginia. Dubbed by one nursery school teacher as “an old soul”, this unusual child was reading before the age of two years and was learning to read and write Japanese as well as English before kindergarten. Known by some as “Sylvia” and by others as “Clarice”, but beloved by all, this talented and versatile young woman will be remembered by her unique art work, for her leadership among her many friends, and for her four-octave voice range that made her singing a pleasure to hear. A memorial service will be held June 9, 2012 at 11:00 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 11700 Falls Road, Potomac. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Sylvia’s memory may be made to the Montgomery County SPCA, P.O. Box 637, Washington Grove, MD 20880


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