Driver killed in sin­gle-ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent

Po­lice con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate crash

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By ANDREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­

Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice in­ves­ti­ga­tors have iden­ti­fied the man who was killed in a sin­gle–ve­hi­cle crash Fri­day evening in Char­lotte Hall.

Clifton Ver­non Graves, 49, of Char­lotte Hall was pro­nounced dead at the scene after his SUV left the road­way, over­turned and struck sev­eral trees, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties.

On June 3 at 7:14 p.m., of­fi­cers re­sponded to the

9200 block of Trin­ity Church Road for the re­port of a sin­gle ve­hi­cle crash. A pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed

that Graves had been trav­el­ing north­bound when he lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle for un­known rea­sons, a press re­lease states. The SUV drifted off the road­way be­fore slid­ing across both lanes onto a grassy area, over­turn­ing and crash­ing

into sev­eral trees.

Mem­bers of the CCSO Traf­fic Op­er­a­tions Unit are con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate the ac­ci­dent.

Graves’ death marks the eighth traf­fic fa­tal­ity of the year in Charles County. had been ar­rested three days prior, court records in­di­cate. The al­leged vic­tim told po­lice that dur­ing

an ar­gu­ment over drugs, Swann al­legedly struck him twice in the face and head with a base­ball bat, caus­ing him to pass out, charg­ing doc­u­ments state.

While in cus­tody, Swann filed a crim­i­nal com­plaint against the al­leged vic­tim, and he was charged with sec­ond-de­gree as­sault by way of crim­i­nal sum­mons, court records in­di­cate.

Po­lice are con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate Swann’s cause of death.

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