UPDATE: 21-Year-Old Driver in Motor Vehicle Crash That Killed Her 15-Year-Old Sister on New Years Eve Dies

January 9, 2019
Nadia Mourtaj, 21, of Waldorf was pronounced deceased

Nadia Mourtaj, 21, of Waldorf was pronounced deceased

UPDATE 1/9/2019: On January 9, 2019, Nadia Mourtaj, 21, of Waldorf was pronounced deceased as a result of injuries she sustained in a car crash that occurred on December 31.

Nadia was driving a passenger car northbound on St. Charles Parkway near Gateway Plaza in Waldorf when she lost control of the vehicle, which left the roadway and struck a tree.

Her 15-year-old sister, Zeyneb Mourtaj, a passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced deceased on the scene.

An 18-year-old relative, Meklit Techlehaimanot, who was also in the car, suffered a broken arm.

Since the crash, Nadia had been in a hospital in critical condition until she passed away earlier this morning.

Cpl. K. Syvertsen of the Traffic Operations Unit is continuing the investigation

 Zeyneb Mourtaj, 15, was pronounced deceased on the scene

Zeyneb Mourtaj, 15, was pronounced deceased on the scene

UPDATE 1/1/2019: On December 31, 2018, at approximately 4:20 p.m., the driver of a Mercury Milan passenger car was traveling northbound on St. Charles Parkway just north of St Marks Drive in Waldorf when the vehicle started skidding, left the roadway and struck a tree.

The driver, Nadia Mourtaj, 21, was taken to Charles Regional Medical Center and then transported to Washington Medical Center where she is in critical condition.

The front seat passenger, Meklit Teclehaimanot, 18, was transported to Prince George’s Hospital where she was treated and released.

The rear seat passenger, Zeyneb Mourtaj, 15, was pronounced deceased on the scene.

The Mourtajs are sisters and Teclehaimanot is a relative.

All three are from Waldorf.

Cpl. K. Syvertsen of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Operations Unit is continuing the investigation.

12/31/2018: On Monday, December 31, 2018, at approximately 4:30 p.m., police fire and rescue personnel responded to St. Charles Parkway between Northgate Place and Nick’s of Clinton for a motor vehicle accident.

Authorities at the scene reported a red four door passenger vehicle off the roadway and into a wood line.

An 18-year-old female was transported to an area trauma center.

A female in her 20’s was taken from the scene with CPR in progress.

One person in the vehicle was confirmed deceased at the scene.



170 Responses to UPDATE: 21-Year-Old Driver in Motor Vehicle Crash That Killed Her 15-Year-Old Sister on New Years Eve Dies

  1. TruthTeller on December 31, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Wow, stop driving so fast through there, and in the damn rain! Look at that car, doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see they were flying, literally. At least you didn’t hit nobody else. Probably killed two people as it usually seems the drivers are usually the sole survivors in these cases. People in SOMD drive way to fast and stupid. It’s so dangerous driving from Charles to Pax everyday. So happy I’m moving home and retiring.

    • Sam Johnstone on January 1, 2019 at 11:48 am

      You should move away with a nasty disgusting attitude like that. Don’t wait…go now. Truth teller my ass. Nasty SOB for sure. “started skidding” “left the roadway” “struck a tree”……where does it say speed? Praying for this family and all involved. So sad.

      • Anonymous on January 1, 2019 at 6:40 pm

        Thanks Sam for humbling a tragic moment

        • Anonymous on January 9, 2019 at 6:06 pm

          Thank You for your response to that disgusting Individual

      • Anonymous on January 9, 2019 at 7:06 pm

        Sam you sorry SON

    • Anonymous on January 1, 2019 at 11:49 am

      I know the girls… they are amazing young ladies.
      How dare say something like that. I pray you never find yourself in a situation like this.

    • @truthteller on January 1, 2019 at 11:52 am

      Truth teller, you are a nasty internet troll! Didn’t your mother tell you, if you can’t say nothing nice, don’t say anything at all!?!? And since you aren’t a rocket scientist but seem to be an accident reconstructive expert, you will see that a family is suffering with the loss of a beautiful young lady! These girls were/are absolutely wonderful young ladies! So take your opinion and grow up! Jerk!

    • Juju on January 1, 2019 at 12:38 pm

      You need to really look deep into your soul and find a heart cuz u obviously dont have one and it hurts me that u would sit here and type this nonsnese about my personal friend, she was like family to me and she has passed so i dont want to hear any disrespect on her name.

    • therealtruthteller on January 1, 2019 at 1:08 pm

      does it take a rocket scientist to keep you opinion to your damn self , i cant with you peoope and your negative energy r.ip zey praying for you n your family. TRUTHTELLER THAT WAS HURTFUL WHAT TO SAY , watch what u say

      • Anonie on January 1, 2019 at 5:02 pm

        It also does not take a rocket scientist to know to slow down in the rain and the Speed Limit sign is the maximum, not the minimum. While, I have sympathy for the family and send my sincerest condolences. We need people to understand why this happened so her death is not in vain. SlowTheF***Down people you don’t own the road or have magically protected God cars.

        • Anonymous on January 9, 2019 at 6:31 pm

          Exactly. Yal need to stop finding EVERYTHING offending. The car doesn’t sustain that amount of damage from going 30mph, sorry. Condolences to the families.

          • Anonymous on January 10, 2019 at 9:48 am

            New cars ‘fold’ much easier/ more than old cars. It’s how they are designed.

      • Anonymous on January 1, 2019 at 8:23 pm

        Truth hurts sometimes, get over it. Whether you like it or not, people that drive like this put all our families at risk. Proofreading would help you, too.

    • Anonymous on January 1, 2019 at 10:56 pm

      You should shut the hell up when you don’t have anything kind to say in tragedies like this. Were you at the scene to judge the incident? You seem to be ignorant and absolutely heartless. Praying for you..

    • JACKSON TELLER on January 2, 2019 at 10:20 am

      pretty much, look at how mangled the car is, you have to be going at a high rate of speed to cause that much damage, yes it is a tragedy, but pictures tell the real story weather you snowflakes and friends or family want to believe it or not

      • Lild on January 9, 2019 at 5:52 pm

        They were only babies, if you’re retired you’ve driven triple their lifetime. Have some decency! She probably only had her license for a few years with a lot less driving experience. She may not have been speeding, and very well could have hit some sick oil spot in the road. If she didn’t know how to maneuver her vehicle it could have caused the crash. Plus three young women in the car. Chatting, a mere mistake. An accident! Lives are lost. Have some empathy, for their family, they lost their babies!

        • Wiggy on January 10, 2019 at 7:49 am

          The term “accident” really needs to be re-evaluated. When I see something that you have ZERO control over, it should be labeled an accident, but if it was a preventable event (replacing worn tires, driving the speed limit, staying home due to inexpierence drving in the rain, etc.), I don’t think of it as an accident.

      • Anonymous on January 10, 2019 at 9:51 am

        Not in these new cars. They are designed to crumple… absorbing the impact as apposed to transferring it to the occupants.

    • Anonymous on January 2, 2019 at 10:40 am

      bald tires.

    • Someone on January 2, 2019 at 5:06 pm

      I knew the girl who died she was a friend of mine and we went to school together and seeing this comment disgust me because a girl lost her life and another is in the edge of losing hers you need to get a life and stay out of peoples business because you don’t know the back story.

      • ByteDownOnIt on January 2, 2019 at 7:13 pm

        Cool story. Don’t post or drive angry now.

    • Marilyn on January 2, 2019 at 10:04 pm

      Hey dumbass, no she wasn’t speeding. In fact her car began skidding on laying water on the road, which caused her to lose control of the car. With that being said, YES I know the family , YES, I KNOW WHAT HAPPENED, AND YES YOU CLEARLY HAVE A SERIOUS LACK OF EMPATHY OR SELF RESPECT!

      • Anonymous on January 3, 2019 at 11:55 am

        skidding = lack of tread on her tires.

      • Slow down on January 10, 2019 at 10:44 am

        SPEED KILLS ! The car is too mangled to be going the speed limit. I have seen many accident aftermath in that area. None of them were that damaged like that.

    • Marilyn Boswell on January 2, 2019 at 10:10 pm

      You’re an idiot!!!!! Many of us know this family , know the kids and know the truth. Don’t assume anything. She was not speeding, asshat.

      • Kimmel Wilson on January 3, 2019 at 4:51 pm

        My brother knew her. He has a crush on her

    • RNS on January 3, 2019 at 6:08 am

      ok so keep your obviously elderly and judgemental ass over in the boonies then.

    • anonymous on January 5, 2019 at 4:18 am

      I hope you shut up

    • Anonymous on January 5, 2019 at 2:36 pm

      Please leave sooner

    • M&m on January 7, 2019 at 6:34 pm

      You are an idiot you need help okay this little girl just lost her life and her other sister is in critical condition you going to say stupid thing you are an animal

    • Carlyle Nesbitt on January 9, 2019 at 7:24 pm

      Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. You just planted very wicked seeds that will grow like a green bay tree in your life. And because you showed no mercy, mercy shall not be shown to you.

      • Reach out to those in Grief on January 10, 2019 at 7:02 am

        Well said, Carlyle.

        This is a horrible tragic event that cut short the earthly lives of two beautiful souls. Let’s support this family, if at all possible. Their hearts are broken and crushed. They can never be the same.

        Let evil humor and ignorant remarks stop now, because this isn’t just an article of arrests, theft, or even murder. It announces the horrible deaths of two beautiful young sisters.

        If you post callous and snide comments, even in jest, know this: We will each stand at the great judgement to give an account for every idle word spoken.

        How much more then for those of sharp intent?

        If you cannot pray, offer help, or kind efforts – give this one a pass.

    • Anonymous on January 9, 2019 at 8:04 pm

      Ur a hater, that’s all it is, ur selfish and ur a disgusting person with a disgusting attitude .@truthteller

    • Anonymous on January 9, 2019 at 9:19 pm

      Ok Dumbass. When a car goes into a skid or hydroplanes, It pick up speed. That’s the truth dumbass

      • Einstein on January 12, 2019 at 6:19 am

        Ummmm, no it doesn’t.

    • Fadwa on January 9, 2019 at 11:50 pm

      Stop saying speeding u weren’t there to assume, by the way the young lady driver just passed away this morning prayers….. RIP TO THEM ……

    • Shalonda on January 10, 2019 at 7:04 am

      Why even comment to people who scared to use their real names when making posts??

    • Jessica on January 10, 2019 at 8:06 am

      Watch the witness report. They were struck on the side by a drunk driver and lost control of the car and ended up sliding into a tree. The driver was far from an idiot. She went to my school. She was the top of her class. She worked in DC . She was he last person to deserve that. Keep your ignorance to yourself .

    • Karen on January 10, 2019 at 8:24 am

      Truth Teller were you there? Your comment is inappropriate and you should have shut the hell up!!! People like you is walking around on this earth with nothing but nastiness in your heart. Good riddance to wherever you are moving at while you are retiring reflect in your mind and heart what good you can do while you still on this earth.

    • Anonymous on January 10, 2019 at 4:23 pm

      You are a demon. Pure and simple. Two young girls lost their life and nowhere is this proof that this woman was speeding. The driver was one of my employees you disgusting,heartless, soulless, evil being. When your day comes at your last breath, you will remember your comment and I pray that Creator has mercy on you because I dont

    • Angela ellis on January 10, 2019 at 4:48 pm

      Its true. If they were going the speed limit of 35, wouldve never happened.
      That I’m sorry to say was someone driving at a fast speed and ive lived waldorf for over 20 year. I avoid it, because the drivers make it so dangerous.
      Sorry to hear they lost there lives, but in this persons own way of saying,,,sloe down! which offended many, was just teying to say Slow down.

    • Eilain England on January 12, 2019 at 5:58 am

      Your comment is uncalled for. Did you read it is under investigation. Do not know the cause of the wreck, and now the family has lost both daughters, and Yes, one was the driver so your statement is invalid in this case since she has now passed away. Have some empathy, show some kindness to the family, though if I were them I would not accept your condolences.

    • Mimi Hailu on January 12, 2019 at 11:38 am

      What a stupid person r you???? No one cause accident on purpose. Very hurtful and cold lifeless things to say!!! But you will remember this when this happen to you and I don’t wish to happen to nobody this,but someone like you,need experience this to know!!

  2. Anonymous on December 31, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    the 21 year old did not have cpr done on her

    • Anonymous on January 1, 2019 at 11:36 am

      Were you there treating her? Then stfu.

    • Anonymous on January 1, 2019 at 1:44 pm

      Omg. Shut up! Does it matter?!

    • Anonner on January 1, 2019 at 4:56 pm

      No CPR was done immediately that’s because their friend Taylor Walsh was too busy posting pictures on facebook to actually assist any of them. It’s not only was a problem of speed but once you realize you are going too fast, through the area, and lift your foot off of the accelerator for a moment, and then either apply brakes or more gas you transferred the weight of the vehicle from one wheel to the complete opposite side and end of the vehicle, simply better to slow down than lose control. This is not the only place on a road called a “Parkway” that there should be knee walls built, almost the entire roadway should have them. There could be a rebuild on the north bound side at the QuikShop to lower the rise, as well as the grading could be improved to tilt toward the median as approaching Gateway Plaza, I often drive from the right lane to and through to the left lane in this area. Even the opposite side of the road at right before Gateview, at the end of Northgate, has the transition zone where the transition from banking with the curve to falling away and your tire’s traction is one of the few things keeping you on the roadway. There’s been at least 18 killed on St. Charles Parkway between Mattawoman-Beantown Rd and Smallwood Drive in my lifetime, speed has been a factor in all but one of them, when heavy icing was to blame that was south of St. Ignatius Drive.

      • Anonymous on January 2, 2019 at 6:26 pm

        Or just obey the speed limit. Idiot. They were doing way more than 35 or 40, the posted limit. LMAO. Nothing is wrong with that road but the morons speeding down it!

        • RNS on January 3, 2019 at 6:10 am

          lmao? that’s funny to you? this world is really sick man.

        • Anonymous on January 9, 2019 at 8:40 pm

          Karma

  3. Anonymous on January 1, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    First off don’t say shii if uu don’t know the person that died she was my friend I love her so much uu can’t alwas put everything on the driver like what uu clearly don’t know how it feels to lose somebody she was my friend and forever wil so don’t ever say sum stupid out yo mouth like that people are hurting man family and friends so how about you move and keep your mouth shut period rip baby girl uu didn’t need to die like this at a young age 2019 already started off ASS lost my friend that shii can’t never come back I love uu baby girl you are in a better place now we all love uu on Monday we Ware white #whitemonday❤️

    • Anonymous on January 2, 2019 at 6:28 pm

      Stay in school, moron. You sound so dang stupid. SMH

    • RickyD on January 2, 2019 at 7:15 pm

      Stay in school! You are obviously an idiot. They have special classes for people like you. See a counselor and get the hookup.

    • LOL on January 2, 2019 at 9:22 pm

      Ware? LOL stay in school, please.

  4. Mya on January 1, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    IF UU DIDNT KNOW HER THEN SHUT UP DONT YOU EVER SAY SOMETHING STUPID LIKE THAT EVER SHE WAS A PRETTY GIRL IK HER SO FOR YOU TO SAY SOMETHING LIKE THAT IS WRONG YOU CLEARLY DIDNT LOSE NOBODY IF YOU LIFE YOU DONT KNOW HOW IT FEEL SHUT UP AND KEEP YOUR MOUTH CLOSED

    • Anonymous on January 2, 2019 at 6:33 pm

      Learn some basic grammar, then we just might take you serious. Until than, your opinion is worthless. Waldorf ebonics isn’t an acceptable language.

      • Anonymously ignorant on January 9, 2019 at 5:53 pm

        Here is some basic grammar:

        Then is commonly used to express a sense of time or what comes next or used to be. Than is used to form comparisons between two things. 1 What is the Difference Between Then and Than?

  5. Anonymous on January 1, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    They are amazing girls and if you don’t have something good to say don’t talk crap. Prayers for her and her family.

  6. Anonymous on January 1, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Everyone pray for the Mourtaj family I love you guys I pray things get better

  7. Anonymous on January 1, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    I knew her personally, she went to my school and was a light. That’s not cool to say sum like that. We couldn’t take her into the new years and on everyone’s snapchat she’s on there. Half the people ain’t even know her buh still put her on there. Such a beautiful n talented young girl to be taken away from us like this

    • Johnny5 on January 2, 2019 at 10:08 am

      you should stay in school. Ebonics has not worked too good for you bruh

  8. Anonymous on January 1, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    All day long on Facebook and social media, people posting about driving carefully, not drinking and driving and so on. And you can clearly tell the vehicle was speeding. That little girl had a whole life ahead of her, these vehicles don’t have roll cages in them, smh. Rip young one

  9. Skylah Smith on January 1, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Please keep all negative comments about my family members to yourself. All we need are prayers. Please send prayers to our family.

    • Wiggy on January 2, 2019 at 4:46 am

      And interviews on News 4 apparently.

      • Anonymous on January 2, 2019 at 5:41 pm

        BOOOOOM!

      • Anonymous on January 2, 2019 at 6:36 pm

        LMAO

  10. unknown on January 1, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    for all yall saying stuff negative about my bestfriend, rot in hell. she was 15! show some damn sympathy

    • Anonymous on January 2, 2019 at 6:39 pm

      Nobobdy did, only about the idiot driver driving recklessly fast on wet roads.

  11. Nadia on January 1, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Say something good or shut up, definately you need to go back to school. My deepest condoleance to the family, so sad a wonderful young girl been taken like this.

    • Anonymous on January 1, 2019 at 8:00 pm

      Looks like you need to go back yourself. It’s spelled *condolences. Also, you need a comma after so sad.

    • Anonymous on January 2, 2019 at 9:25 pm

      Looks like YOU need to go back to middle school. Correction, elementary school.

  12. Anonymous on January 1, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    My daughter is one of this young ladies’ best friends. She can’t stop crying and I can’t stop crying for her and the family. Such a smart and beautiful girl with so much promise. We’ll miss you sweetie.

  13. Lynn on January 1, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss I don’t know her, but hearing news like this makes me sad.
    My thoughts and prayers goes out to her friends and family. ❤️

  14. Anonymous and disgusted on January 1, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    If you are friends of the family, please do not let them see this! Some people that seem to be experts in everything except minding their own business have something to say. She was a child, they are all children! I pray that you are never in this position! You have crossed so many lines by being a negative piece of crap! (The people talking bad!) she is someone’s daughter, she is someone’s family, she is someone’s family and more importantly this was a tragic accident! So keep your negativity to yourself! That is all!

    • Wiggy on January 2, 2019 at 4:47 am

      Is that all? Somehow I do t think “that is all!”

  15. Anonymous on January 1, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    All three of the girls are amazing and beautiful and so intelligent I knew the one that passed personally she was so kind hearted and had a good soul she lit up the room nothing will ever be the same without her I send my condolences to all of her friends and family and will be praying for you all stay strong LLZ

  16. A. Labriny on January 1, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Let the caravane pass, and let that nasty person bark! You have no compassion your heart; losing a child is not that simple; the parents need as much support, compassion and prayers during this difficult time NOT disrespect comments from an ignorant person like you.

    • Anonymous on January 2, 2019 at 9:27 pm

      And they most certainly don’t need to be online reading all the articles stating what they already know?

  17. KKelly on January 1, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    My daughter is one of this young ladies’ best friends. She can’t stop crying and I can’t stop crying for her and the family. Such a smart and beautiful girl with so much promise. We’ll miss you sweetie.

    • NoTearsOnlyBeers on January 2, 2019 at 7:19 pm

      Please stop crying about it on this site. The tragedy is not about you. Now STFU. Thanks.

    • LeClaire on January 2, 2019 at 10:02 pm

      Can you please keep me update. Please !! Especially on Nadia. I can give my personal number.

  18. Missy on January 1, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    So sad! Many many prayers!!!!

  19. Diane on January 1, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    My Deepest Sympathy to the family that lost
    their daughter just know she is now a sweet angel,So sorry for your loss!

  20. Anonymous on January 1, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    That girl was a beautiful soul. She had her whole life ahead of her and it was stolen by the devil. We should be honoring her memory and everyday will get a little easier. I’m thankful that the others made it out alive and I pray for Nadia’s speedy recovery. We love you Zey, you’ll forever live in our hearts .

    • Anonymous on January 2, 2019 at 6:52 pm

      Stolen by the devil? You mean the idiot driver that was FLYING well past the speed limit in the RAIN? That devil?

      • RNS on January 3, 2019 at 6:26 am

        come off anon and say that.

        • Ricky Quade on January 9, 2019 at 9:52 pm

          Now what punk? I dare you to find me and come to my home. See how far you get before you’ll be the one dead on here.

  21. Anonymous on January 1, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    You will forever be missed Set, and you will live on in our hearts. Heaven couldn’t wait for you.

  22. Mrssss Sorrell on January 1, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Cried all last night, cried first thing this morning, drove past the site and cried some more but actually cried! This will NOT be easy for my family! Babygirl lost her best friend, we lost a daughter! “TruthTeller” I’d really love to give you a GOOOODDD PEACE of my mind with a lil extra spice but you aren’t even worth it cause you wouldn’t even post your real name. Maybe you are scum…maybe YOU yourself lost a loved one due to speed by the hands of another and you’re bitter, maybe you are a drug addict or alcoholic with no heart to feel remorseful . No matter what the deal is, one things for certain ….you can’t walk around with bitterness, unforgiveness and speaking negativity like this cause Karma…. she’s that B&(;€ and she never plays fair! For YOUR SAKE, i hope you prayed for forgiveness no sooner than you hit the send button! Trust… you will reap that in which you sow!

    • Wiggy on January 2, 2019 at 4:52 am

      Why are you on here? Why is the family giving interviews on News 4? Stop with the high and mighty BS about prayers and remeberance because all you want is your 15 minutes of fame. If you really felt the way that you are posting, then you wouldn’t care about random people on the internet. Take that spice, shove it up your butt sideways and pack it in there with a dose of reality.

      • Anonymous on January 2, 2019 at 5:13 pm

        That is just disrespectful to her parents. There are people trashing their daughter and you wanna sit here and go off on the parents for defending their deceased daughter ‍♀️ What is wrong with people

        • Wiggy on January 4, 2019 at 5:57 pm

          When my son died, I wasn’t on SMNEWSNET. I sure as hell didn’t want to talk to anyone so get off of your fing soapbox as that poster isn’t even the mother of the deceased. Learn how to read idiot.

          • Anthony Mcclough on January 10, 2019 at 3:51 pm

            Probably because your son overdosed and you were embarrassed by his actions and your lack of parenting skills which lead to him becoming an addict.

          • Wiggy on January 10, 2019 at 8:57 pm

            Nice try. He wasn’t afforded the opportunity to grow old.

    • Shawn on January 2, 2019 at 5:29 am

      And writing books in the comments needs to stop.

    • LeClaire on January 2, 2019 at 10:06 pm

      I’m so sorry, Please let me know if Nadia is okay. I’m falling apart.

      • Wiggy on January 5, 2019 at 7:18 am

        Lowes sells Gorilla glue. I heard it works great for putting things back together.

        • Anonymous on January 11, 2019 at 10:42 pm

          There’s a special place in hell for people like you. Looks like you’re already there though. You’re so bitter and hateful and there is no justification for mocking the sorrow of others.

  23. Wanda & Sencerity on January 1, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Our prayers are with the family and friends, I’m sorry for the lost of such amazing young girl. We will miss you. We love you and know that you are with the Heavenly Father. The last time Zey stayed the night at my home with my daughter and friends I was so amazed by her caring way., Zey was special, loving, caring and a joy to be around, we will miss her dearly. Please know that we share in your loss, that we’re praying without cease and anything we can do to be of assistance to the family we will. God has Zey and will keep the family during this trying time, we loved Zey and love the family.

  24. MM on January 1, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    Incredibly sad a child lost her life…it’s heartbreaking for that family and unless you’ve lost a child, you have absolutely no idea what this family is going through. My heart breaks for them.

    Now is not the time for finger pointing and accusations. Unless you were the one behind the wheel you have no business speculating on what happened. For TruthTeller, regardless of what the image shows…you just don’t know. Let this little girl’s loved ones, family and friends grieve. It is a long and difficult process and some will carry this the rest of their lives. For some, there will be no recovery, just one big giant gaping hole of change. Show a little class and above all else, rise above your need to play keyboard warrior and show some respect for the family. Oh, I’m sure your sitting their watching Fox news ranting about your freedom of speech, praying you get the wall built spending literally BILLIONS while there is a parent within 5 miles of you trying to figure out how to feed their children tomorrow. While it may be true that you have that right to speech…the right to social acceptance of what you say is never guaranteed and is NOT protected. NOBODY cares about your picyaune commentary, idiot.

    Sincerely,
    The Educated Conservative

    • Anonymous on January 2, 2019 at 6:20 pm

      Conservative huh? LMAO you moron everybody can see through that lying BS. Way to try and make things political though as well. You are NO better. Can’t deny the facts? Bring up politics. Nice. Real nice. SMH

    • Anonymous on January 2, 2019 at 9:31 pm

      Educated Conservative? LMFAO thanks for the laugh, I needed that. What a dumba##. You’re better, idiot.

  25. Charles on January 1, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    I drove southbound on St Charles Parkway yesterday, and saw the car at the bottom of the roadway. I knew right away that it couldn’t have been a mild crash. There was a chilly rain at the time. My condolences to all those affected by this. It pains me to read that a 15 year old young lady is no longer with us. She had her whole life ahead of her. I wish I didn’t have to read or head about so many youth dying out on our roads today. I remember the crash that happened a couple of years ago near the mall, where mere high school students were said to have been doing over 80mph and slammed into a stoplight pole. That was obviously driver negligence. However, it’s still to early to assume that the drive in this scenario was driving too fast on wet roads. A few years ago, I was driving on 381 in Brandywine one night, and I was no where near speeding. Suddenly, my car started skidding; and, lucky for me, there was no oncoming car at the time, or I would have slammed in to it. I was able able to regain control of the car. Braking definitely made it worse. I honestly think there was oil on the roadway at the time. I was not speeding and not at hydroplaning speed. Also, you will hydroplane much more easily if you don’t keep your tires replaced. There are many other factors that can cause accidents like this to occur. You shouldn’t immediately assume that they were speeding. Did you see it happen? I agree that there should be a guard-rail along this roadway where the crash occurred. I drive through here all the time. And while I do see too many drivers speeding through here, we shouldn’t apply that to this case until all the facts are in. The worst thing you can do is hurt family and friends of these young ladies by assuming they were negligent. If the same thing happened to someone you loved, how would you feel if people openly blamed them as being the culprit and negligent? You’d pretty pissed off. Show some respect for Christ’s sake!

    • Anonymous on January 2, 2019 at 9:35 pm

      You’re delusional if you can’t see they were doing WELL above the posted limit to cause that much damage. It’s common sense. What’s the limit right there? 40 max? LOL look at that picture. You’re just stupid if you can’t see speed was the biggest factor.

      • Charles on January 5, 2019 at 12:14 am

        First of all, the pictures aren’t that clear to see enough of the damage. Secondly, did you ever stop to think that you are seeing what is left after the rescue crew cut through the vehicle to get to the occupants? Stop acting like a jackass in a time of mourning by the family. It is very desrepectful. Have some decency.

        • Anonymous on January 9, 2019 at 7:44 pm

          The rescue crud didn’t bend the whole frame and car sideways, dumbass.

        • Chuck Shumer on January 12, 2019 at 9:48 am

          It was a manufactured crash! It’s all Trumps fault!

  26. Oh Well on January 2, 2019 at 7:13 am

    2019, where the truth hurts. And if it hurts, you arent allowed to say. This entire comment section needs a safe space STAT

  27. Anonymous on January 2, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Whats wrong with you people? She was driving way too fast and caused this herself.Its tragic that she passed away but when you do stupid things then bad things will happen.Her speeding also puts other peoples safety at risk.Get off the pity wagon and have some common sense. SLOW DOWN and dont drive like a fool.

    • therealtruthteller on January 2, 2019 at 1:33 pm

      first of all she wasnt even driving so she didn’t bring this on her self, Im not putting blame on Nadia but it wasnt Zeyneb’s fault, nowhere did it say she was speeding, accidents happen and you have no right to point fingers if you dont know facts, I lost my favorite friend and you people are being disgusting. Little do you know, she would’ve done great things, everybody that knew her knew that, it was a accident, point blank period. so stfu and face facts, she would’ve probably been better in life then you ever will

      • Anonymous on January 2, 2019 at 2:00 pm

        Sure it sucks that she died, but the thing is the car wouldn’t be that mangled if she was driving through there at the speed limit.
        Just because the article doesn’t mention that she was speeding doesn’t mean that she wasn’t. Most of the time this happens because people don’t check their tires.

        • Anonymous on January 3, 2019 at 3:44 am

          I completely agree yes this is a very sad moment and Zeyneb is a wonderful girl she was one of kind, she brought a smile to everyone’s face that she talked to, but nadia had to be speeding cause take a good look at the car the entire rear of obliterated there’s Going 30 even 40 would of done that much damage compared going about 50 or 60 it’s obviously they were speeding why you ask? If you’re going 30 or 40 and your car stars to slide your going with natural instinct and slamming on the brakes. Now if your going 50 or 60 and start sliding and hit the brakes there’s now way your going to slow down at a good rate and not hit anything, therefore once you hit an object the force is being repelled that way the car is completely destroyed and led to a death of someone who didn’t deserve any of this and had a very bright future

      • Anonymous on January 2, 2019 at 3:39 pm

        Your an idiot if you cant see that speed was the reason this happened,look how mangled that car is,that doesnt happen unless your driving excessively fast. DUH.

    • Neighbor on January 2, 2019 at 2:46 pm

      You are such a jackass! Nadia actually is a very safe driver. I HIGHLY doubt she would have been speeding in the rain especially with her little sister in the car. She loves her siblings with all of her heart. All of the Mourtaj children are as sweet and responsible as they come. This young lady is in college and doing very well! Zeynab was an amazing young lady as well. My family has known theirs since Nadia was maybe 2 or 3. For a stranger to have something negative to say about these girls without even knowing the truth is simply disgusting. How TF do you know she was speeding asshole? Were you there with a speed gun? Doubt it! There’s a multitude of things that could have played a factor one of them being the tires or the rain. We don’t know exactly what happened but what we do know is that two parents are without their child and siblings are without their sister. I honestly hope you never have to experience this kind of hurt and you remain as ignorant as you are. God bless!

      • Anonymous on January 2, 2019 at 9:41 pm

        You are so stupid. You really think that car was doing 35 or 40? The posted limit? Look at it. Common sense. So many idiots on here, it’s rediculous. Just because you people were close to them, doesn’t change the truth. At least it wasn’t any of our innocent loved ones, that undoubtedly were at risk as well from the way this fool drove. It’s true. Deal with it.

        • J on January 3, 2019 at 6:18 am

          If something ever happens to you or your family, I hope people jump to conclusions- without any police evidence I might add and talk down on your name too. “this fool” you speak of was one of the smartest and kindest girls in school, she would never intentionally put anyone in harm. think before you speak, your ignorance is showing dear.

  28. Anonymous on January 2, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Who wants to bet… how bald are those tires? If that car was to be reinspected, would they pass?

  29. JKW on January 2, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    My grand baby came to me about this story. It’s sad for this accident to happen. But what’s sadder is a family that has lost there daughter and a sister that will forever be carrying a guilt of her sister drying while she was driving. The physical pain will be gone but the mental pain is forever. Saying something negative does not correct what happened. The age of 21 to me is still a person that is learning to drive. The weather was bad and it’s hard for people with a long time driving record to handle rain. To the family and friends please know that stupidity runs rampart with some folks and they don’t know what to say out of there mouth. My deepest heart felt sympathy goes out to the family and friends that will have an empty spot in their life.

    • Bobby on January 2, 2019 at 7:21 pm

      Cool story, bro!

    • Anonymous on January 3, 2019 at 12:00 pm

      At the age of 19 Joey Logano won his first NASCAR race.

      When Jeff Gordon won the first of his four titles, the year was 1995 and Gordon was just 24 — the same number he would carry on his car for the duration of his legendary career.

      • Cap'n Obvious on January 10, 2019 at 10:46 am

        Neat facts, NASCAR Joe. Those guys started driving go carts at age 6, racing by 8…likely 1,000s of hours more behind the wheel than the average driver. Apples to Oranges.

  30. Anonymous on January 2, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    A car does not get that mangled from doing the speed limit.

    • Marilyn on January 2, 2019 at 10:07 pm

      If ANYONE has any ill words to say about Nadia or Zeyneb come see me

      • Anonymous on January 3, 2019 at 12:00 pm

        address?

      • LOL on January 3, 2019 at 11:36 pm

        Sure, post your address or STFU. We all know you won’t though. Idiot.

  31. Dmv heat on January 2, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    That’s so tragic all love to her family #LLZ

  32. Mike T on January 2, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Ever since hearing of this tragedy (which hits home because my daughter had her as a student) I have been praying for the families involved. The many comments which I believe anyone would deem as uncalled for; are not only lacking empathy for this family, but have, in so many ways, jumped to conclusions without a police report. If there was wrong-doing by the driver then, if she lives, she will live with the consequences for the rest of her life – no matter what the authorities conclude. If this is deemed an unavoidable accident then it still has cut short the life (and perhaps lives) of precious young people with great promise and potential. My prayers continue for the family. Now my prayers are engaged for those who have jumped to conclusions and spewed unacceptable viewpoints of such a sad incident. There will be lessons to learn I’m sure in this tragedy – it seems the greatest lesson is to remember to treat others as you would like to be treated…

    • Wiggy on January 10, 2019 at 7:55 am

      I highly doubt any of us will ever see the police report, but pictures speak a 1,000 words.

  33. Anonymous on January 2, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    All these snowflakes can’t handle the truth.

  34. Anonymous on January 3, 2019 at 5:39 am

    The truth is that the vehicle was being operated in a negligent and careless way with no regard to the speed limit. That is the truth and stating the truth does not infer that the girl was a bad person.. just one who made bad decisions and her sister paid for it. Bottom line. So stop going after the truth tellers and make sure you always drive safely.

  35. Anonymous on January 3, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    3 hours before her accident, she posted not to drink and drive.

    • Anonymous on January 3, 2019 at 11:42 pm

      So what’s your point?

      • Jolly Roger on January 4, 2019 at 5:53 pm

        That she was an avid social media user. Duh.

    • Anonymous on January 10, 2019 at 2:23 am

      Wondering how much she had to drink!

  36. My other daughter#Zeynab on January 3, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    All these comments is not making it better for anyone. The truth is, there was an accident and a child is dead as a result. Accidents happen everyday, and right now is not the time to play the blaming game. Zeynab is dead, we will never see her beautiful smile again, and Nadia is not medically clear as yet. A family is in morning and a sister will live with regrets for the rest of her life knowing she was at the wheels of the terrible accident that took her beloved sister’s life. Lets show our Support to the family by ignoring all the negative comments. “PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THEM”.
    Lets Keep Zeynab alive in our thoughts by sharing moments of how she has impacted our lives (parents of her friends) and those of her classmates.
    Let do something good for the Mourtaj family by keeping Zeynab spirit alive. Lets change the atmosphere by sharing our memories of Zeynab. Every parent of a child, who knew Zeyned, and all her classmate, lets come together and stop the negative comments. Let show our tributes to Zeynab, for the kindness she showed to our children, truly she was one of a kind.Thank you Sara Ghebre for raising such a beautiful and thoughtful young lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family. We continue to lift Nadia up in prayer, I Pray that God will intervene on her behalf, We pray for complete healing and restoration, mentally, emotionally and physically in Jesus name, Amen

    • Anonymous on January 3, 2019 at 5:24 pm

      Thank you for this post. Amen to your prayer! Let’s pray for the families and like you said keep her spirit alive. Zeynab was a blessing too many and touched so many others just by her presence. I will continue praying for her family and friends. And I will pray for those who have posted such negative comments….someone has lost there life, let’s try to find some empathy and sympathy in our hearts. Love and light! God bless! Amen!

  37. Anonymous on January 3, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Sounds like the driver should be charged with negligent homicide because she was obviously driving way to fast and thats what caused the crash and death of another person.

    • Carlyle Nesbitt on January 9, 2019 at 7:32 pm

      My you are evil.

      • Anonymous on January 10, 2019 at 7:58 am

        Why am I evil for telling the truth? You obviously are a democrat.If I was speeding and driving recklessly I would be charged with manslaughter or negligent homicide.

  38. Mohammed Alami on January 3, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    An update concerning the young sister Zeyneb Prayer will be held on Friday morning at La Plata Mosque, 111 Howard St, La Plata, MD. 301-609-8769.The Funeral will be at Heritage Memorial Cemetery, 13472 Poplar Hill Rd, Waldorf, MD.

    • Anonymous on January 3, 2019 at 11:50 pm

      Why would anyone worship a pedophile?, Along with a religion that literally says you should kill all non believers. A religion that advocates chopping off people’s hands and feet as punishment.I could go on and on. Allah isn’t real, you have been deceived.

      • My other Daughter #zeyneb on January 4, 2019 at 8:44 am

        Heavenly Father I pray for this Anonymous person who may had some emotional guilt and is using his/ her time to say things that are painful at a time when friends and love ones are grieving. It is not about who was driving fast and blaming the driver will not bring back our beloved Zeyneb. Father God I pray that you will show mercy to this person and remove the evil spirit that lives in them. That evil spirit that enjoys feeding on people’s emotional pain. Whatever the circumstances that has allow them to be so thoughtless, I pray that your Holy Spirit will bring peace to this person’s spirit right now. Fill the void that this person is experiencing right now. I rebuke every evil thoughts that is presence in this person heart, and release a fresh anointing of your peace. Father I pray that you will humble this person, and open their eyes and heart so that they may see and know that a community is grieving and that the family needs our support. Help this person to realize that religion has nothing to do with someone’s death a driver who may or may not have been driving recklessly is not what we are talking about right now. Help this person Lord God to show some respect whatever is causing them to be so hurtful I pray in the name of Jesus that you God will touch their hearts whatever is causing them to be so bitter, I pray that you willl bring about healing to their soul. I pray also Lord for everyone who will respond to this anonymous person’s comment, that they will not to curse at him/her, but to show him/her love, because love covers a multitude of sins. so I left this person up to you in love Lord and I pray that you will comfort their soul in Jesus name amen

        • Loss on January 5, 2019 at 7:46 pm

          Amen !

          • Chuck Shumer on January 12, 2019 at 9:51 am

            It was a manufactured crash! It’s all Trumps fault!

        • Jenny on January 9, 2019 at 5:55 pm

          Amen! I’m so sorry for these horrible comments. Ppl have no respect or compassion.

        • Anonymous on January 9, 2019 at 6:27 pm

          Bless you and your family I’m sorry for your loss and courage and humility.

    • Ken on January 6, 2019 at 12:21 pm

      Thank you, what time?

  39. Anonymous on January 9, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Rip. Little ones…one earth your in good hand of mom and dad..when your on the other side ..your in good hand with god…he will lead your way now.

  40. Anonymous on January 9, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    So sad!

  41. Jenny on January 9, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    A lot of these comments sicken me! Why can’t ppl just keep their rude comments to themselves and have some compassion for the family and friends of this family. It’s hard enough and this family is going through enough dealing with the death of these two young ladies and you ppl have no respect or compassion. My heart goes out to this family and I pray for the family and friends of all involved in this accident. And the headline of this story is horrible.

    • Wiggy on January 10, 2019 at 7:53 am

      It wasn’t so horrible that the family friends couldn’t go on News 4 to publicize it after the crash.

  42. George on January 9, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Prayers to the family for their tragic loss

  43. Nick on January 9, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    I can’t imagine losing my children. It’s just tragic.
    My condolences to the family.

  44. Anonymous on January 9, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with this family during this time. I couldn’t imagine burying not 1 but 2 of my kids. May God wrap his arms around them in their time of suffering.

  45. Juan Rodriguez on January 9, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    I hope I don’t offend anyone when I ask if any of the poor souls were wearing their seatbelts?
    I only ask because I know my daughters go to school with them and for some reason my teenagers think that wearing a seatbelt is optional and that nothing can happen them. I know how they feel I too felt like I was indestructible when I was a teen and now as a 40+ year old man I know how precious vulnerable life can be. I have to pray for my family every morning before I leave the house. Because I know I can’t be there for them always.again please forgive me if this offends anyone. I would like to talk to my children about the importance of vehicle driving and safety possibly using this unfortunate story/incident?

  46. anonymous on January 9, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    SLOW DOWN, kids. EDPECIALLY in the damn rain. You kids are not invincible. Thank God it wasn’t an innocent family they hit. YOU ALL are not invincible, I see you all driving like morons daily, only to watch you pull in the school parking lot! Please let this be a lesson, if anything.

  47. shayla D on January 9, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Actually those who are being judgmental need to STOP my car skidded in the rain I was not driving fast the road was slick and i was due for updated tires. It scared the ish out of me and I was surprised because I was not speeding I was driving normal pace. It can happen and its very scary when it does because you don’t have control of the vehicle and if you panic it makes it worse. I remember the rain in waldorf on that day it was so bad praying for the strength of this family

    • Wiggy on January 10, 2019 at 7:50 am

      So you admit that you failed to properly maintain your vehicle by installing new tires. Thanks for putting others at risk.

  48. Jaybee on January 10, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Speed was a factor no doubt, but everyone has done that before when young. i pray for the family , its hard losing one child not to mention 2 . sad to think that they were might have celebrated the new year just 10 days ago and now are mourning the death of 2 kids

  49. Papa Bear on January 10, 2019 at 10:29 am

    Rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with their family and friends.

  50. Anonymous on January 10, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Prayers for the families of all involved.

  51. Really on January 10, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Prayers, only prayers

  52. Pam on January 11, 2019 at 12:54 am

    Prayers to the families of those beautiful young ladies. A very sad tradegy. If speed was involved, I’m sure not going to disrespect these beautiful young ladies and their families by saying mean ugly things. I look at it this way… If you are going the speed limit you just about get run over. Nothing but lunatics out there driving. You have to pretty much keep up with traffic whether you want to or not. I have had them pass me on the shoulder of the road, I have been honked at, I have been given the finger. And that was when I was keeping up with the traffic! God only knows what would have happened if I hadn’t been! So, these ladies may have been intimidated, a squirrel or a cat could have ran out in the road. DO NOT JUDGE!!

  53. Lynn on January 11, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Praying for the family and friends of these two
    beautiful young ladies who loses their lives so soon

    I don’t know them, but my heart
    is broken. God have gained two beautiful angels.

    Rest in eternity….❤️❤️

  54. Carmen on January 11, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    My prayers go out to the family. Enough is enough. What difference does it make whether she was speeding or not. Folks let it go.

  55. Mom of an Angel on January 11, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Amen. I lost my son in a car accident 11 yrs ago. Other than the local rag, “St. Mary’s Today” with his disgusting article, I thank God I didn’t have to read this kind of crap. May the Lord comfort the family during this most difficult time.

  56. Jay on January 11, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Nidia was the sweetest person you could meet and a fantastic actor. She was beautiful in and out. I can’t imagine the pain her parents are going through right now. It’s a tragedy to lose someone, especially your child but to lose 2. And to have this be the start of your year.

    • C’mon Jay.... on January 12, 2019 at 6:24 am

      *actress

  57. Sherry on January 15, 2019 at 9:33 am

    My heart goes out to this family
    May God bless u all n wrap his loving arms around u all through this trying time and through the rest of your lives
    I cannot imagine burying a child especially 2!!
    OMG Please please Lord Lift this family up as well as possible. The lost lives of these two beautiful young girls r gonna leave a big hole in this family’s heart forever . There r just no words that could EVER EVER HELP !! May u all try to find some kind of peace somewhere somehow to live on because those beautiful girls would want that for all of u. Keep the cherished memories close to ur hearts n try to let those memories help u live on. May God Bless u All

  58. Sherry on January 15, 2019 at 9:37 am

    RIP Beautiful Girls
    GONE WAY TOO SOON!!