OAKLAND, Md. — A Morgantown couple is behind bars in connection with a 2018 crash in Garrett County, Md., that left two children dead
Joshua Murray, 40, and Crystal Adams, 35, were arrested last week by West Virginia state police. Both waived extradition and were returned to Maryland Friday.
According to Maryland state police, on July 3, 2018, a vehicle Murray was driving on Interstate 68 east of the West Virginia state line rolled over ejecting Adams and four children, ages 5,12,13 and 14. Two of the children, Tyler Murray, 13, and Kyra Adams, 12, were killed as a result of the crash. Crystal Adams and the other two children were treated at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. Joshua Murray was not seriously injured.
Maryland troopers have charged Murray with four counts of neglect of a minor, three counts of having an occupant under 16 not restrained by a seat belt, two counts of criminally negligent manslaughter by vehicle and one count each of having an occupant under 16 not restrained by a child safety seat, driving an unsafe motor vehicle, driving without tires in a safe operating condition, failure to reduce speed in dangerous weather conditions, driving uninsured, knowingly giving false accident report information, driving on a revoked out of state license and driving without a license and authorization.
Adams is charged with four counts of neglect of a minor and one count each of knowingly being permitted to be driven in an unsafe vehicle on the highway, knowingly giving false accident report information, knowing permitting another person to drive an uninsured vehicle, knowingly permitting a vehicle to be driven by an unauthorized person, knowingly permitting an unlawful highway vehicle operation and having a passenger age 16 or more in the outboard front seat of a motor vehicle without a seat belt restraint.
Murray is being held without bail while Adams is being held on $50,000 bail at the Garrett County Detention Center. Investigators said Adams initially claimed she was driving when the wreck occurred.