Howard County police are investigating a fatal single-vehicle collision that occurred Saturday evening in Columbia.

At approximately 10:08 p.m. Dec. 17, a 2003 Honda Odyssey was traveling southbound on Snowden River Parkway just prior to Carved Stone when, for an unknown reason, it left the roadway and struck a tree.

A rear passenger, Ram Luitel, 61, of Laurel, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Seven additional occupants, all adults, were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Snowden River Parkway was closed for approximately two and a half hours.

The investigation is ongoing.


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