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WALDORF, Md– On Saturday, January 21, 2023, at approximately 0053 hours, Troopers from Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded to United States Route 301 (Crain Hwy) in the area of St. Patrick’s Drive for a report of a serious motor vehicle collision.

Due to the circumstances, the Maryland State Police CRASH Team responded to assume the investigation.

A preliminary investigation conducted by Troopers from the MSP La Plata Barrack and the MSP CRASH Team indicates a 2020 Toyota Corolla operated by Taje Gabrielle Berg (25 yoa) of Waldorf, MD was traveling on southbound United States Route 301 in the area of St. Patrick’s Drive.

Ms. Berg failed to stop for a steady red traffic signal and entered the intersection. At the same time, a 2019 Toyota Camry operated by Bekaye Diakite (42 yoa) of Waldorf, MD was making a left on a green traffic light from St. Patricks Drive onto northbound United States Route 301.

The Toyota Corolla collided into the driver side of the Toyota Camry. Ms. Berg was transported to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata, MD and was pronounced deceased.

Mr. Diakite was transported by MSP helicopter Trooper 2 to University of Maryland Capital Region Hospital in Largo, MD and was pronounced deceased.

Anyone who may have witnessed this crash is asked to contact Sergeant J. Zimmerman of the MSP CRASH Team at (301) 392-1231. The investigation is continuing. (23-MSP-002529)

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10 Comments

  1. This is awful, you have to look now days even if you have a green light cause of people running red lights

  2. My heart goes out to both families,2 lives were lost today. It is imperative that we all practice patience.

  3. If have a green light, wait a second before moving and watch right and left. The guy making the left turn would have not died if he had carefully made that left turn, I always looked right and left before going when I have green light. I am not in a rush.

  4. Will there be a ceremony? Bekaye was a dear friend of mine and I would like to help make that happen. I had no contact info but his personal number. If someone knows how I could make this happen, please send an email to Aaronkrahling@gmail.com

    1. Bekaye was an amazing man! He worked so hard in America to provide for his family back home. This is such a tragedy. My prayers go out to his family and friends.
      Contact me crossheirhearts@gmail.com if there’s anything I can do to help.

  5. We had just met Mr. Diakite last week. He had such a sweet spirit and so much enthusiasm for life. How sad.

  6. I was close with Bekaye. He had big hopes and dreams. How do you go about setting up a ceremony for someone? From what I know, he is here from Africa. If anyone knows how to get more information on this, please let me know.

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