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Family of N. Potomac crash victim releases statement

NORTH POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA9) -- The family of one of two 18-year-old Wootton High School graduates killed in a car crash after a party released a statement Monday expressing shock about the news a parent was present for the party, and a desire to make sure the laws change.

The statement by David and Pamela Murk comes days after a WUSA9 report into the investigation into the crash that killed their son Alex Murk and fellow Wootton graduate Calvin Li on June 25. The two were killed after the car they were traveling in flew into a fence, hit a tree and landed in a yard.

The report on the fatal accident

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Fall is a time when millions of people around the country begin to make their travel plans. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the busiest travel times of the year are just around the corner, which include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. There are some great reasons why packing light will help make your trip easier and more enjoyable. And the good news is that it’s not difficult to do, either.

“If you want to pack right when you travel then you really need to focus on packing light,” explains Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of Savvy Travelers. “There’s much less hassle and stress when you pack light and stick to the basics. You can put your focus on your travel, rather than having all of your attention go to dragging around way too much luggage.”

Here are some Savvy Travelers tips for packing light and right for fall and holiday air travel:

Sources: Parent was at party that led to fatal N. Potomac crash

NORTH POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA9) -- A parent was present at an alcohol-fueled party in North Potomac that led to a fatal car crash in June, according to documents obtained by WUSA9.

The documents also show that the car carrying Alex Murk, Calvin Li, Sam Ellis and Cameron Siasi was also traveling at least more than 30 miles above the speed limit before the crash.

The four were leaving a house party on June 25 on Dufief Mill Road in North Potomac when their car, driven by Ellis, flew into a fence, hit a tree and landed upside down in a nearby yard. Murk and Li, both riding in the back seat, were killed in the accident. Ellis and Siasi, who was the front-seat passenger, both suffered serious injuries. 

Canoe overturns in pond, possible water rescue underway

POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA9) -- A possible water rescue is underway after a canoe overturned in a pond, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said.

The possible water rescue is underway in the 9000 block of Belmart Road in Potomac, close to the Potomac, officials said.

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Driver in fatal North Potomac crash out of hospital

NORTH POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA9) -- The driver in the North Potomac car crash that left two recent Wootton High School graduates dead was released from the hospital Tuesday, WUSA9 has learned.

Police say Sam Ellis, 18, was driving an Acura TSX late Thursday night when it flew into a fence and landed upside down on someone's front yard.

Md. high school paraeducator arrested for alleged sex assault

POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA9) -- A special education teacher's assistant at a Potomac high school was arrested last week on sexual abuse charges, according to Montgomery County Public Schools.

Arsenio Malondras was arrested from charges that stem from an alleged sexual assault that occurred in 2004. Police say the assault involved a female family member.

Malondras was a special education paraeducator at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Md. MCPS say the charges were unrelated to his work.

Montgomery County Public Schools released the following statement Monday:

Vigil held for Wootton students killed in crash

NORTH POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA9) -- Hundreds of family members and friends held a vigil Sunday night for the two Wootton High School graduates killed in a car crash.

The vigil was held at the location along Dufief Mill Road where Alexander Murk and Calvin Jia-Xing Li, both 18, were killed Thursday night after the car they were traveling in flipped upside the down.

So many people attended the vigil that police had to direct traffic around it.