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Baltimore, MD (July 1, 2021) - This week, a Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Brandon Gross for auto manslaughter which resulted in the death of Keyona Thomas on August 10, 2020, on the 5200 block of Wabash Avenue. 

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at trial.

Brandon Gross has been charged with:

  1. Driving Vehicle in Race/Speed Contest on Highway used by the public
  2. Auto Manslaughter - Gross Negligence
  3. Auto Manslaughter - Criminal Negligence

If convicted of all charges, Brandon Gross faces a potential maximum sentence of 10 years.

According to court documents, on August 8, 2020, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Baltimore Police Department (BPD) officers responded to the scene of a triple car crash in the 5200 block of Wabash Avenue.

The investigation revealed three separate vehicles traveling westbound on Wabash Avenue at high rates of speed.  Vehicle 1# was identified as a 2003 Chevy Cavalier observed in lane #1 on Wabash Avenue; vehicle #2 was identified as a 2007 Infiniti G35 observed in lane #2; and, vehicle #3 was identified as a 2006 Mercury Grand Marquis.  According to witnesses, the vehicles were involved in a triple car race.  The three vehicles approached the intersection of Wabash Ave., and Eldorado Ave., when soon after, one of the drivers lost control of their car causing the three-car collision. 

The Chevy Cavalier mounted the center median, struck a tree, rotated clockwise around the tree, and then became engulfed in flames.  The drivers of the Infiniti and Grand Marquis also lost control and both vehicles mounted the south curb and crashed into nearby poles. 

Nearby witnesses observed the erupting fire and pulled the female passenger, Keyona Thomas from the burning Chevy.  Thomas was transported to Sinai Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

According to the charging documents, Brandon Gross was later identified as the driver of the Infiniti G35 and was later arrested on June 1, 2021. The driver of the Mercury Grand Marquis, Russell Edwards Jr., was recently arrested; and the driver of the Chevy Cavalier, Brian Scott, is still at-large.  Residents are encouraged to call 1-877-SAO-4TIP if they have information on Scott’s whereabouts.

“I appreciate the hard work of the Baltimore Police Department in safely and swiftly executing this arrest without incident,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.  “My thoughts and prayers are with the Thomas family as they grieve for the sudden and tragic loss of Ms. Thomas.  I pray this indictment provides a much needed first step in their journey towards healing.”

An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at trial.