One killed in trooper in­volved crash

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

After he and a Maryland State Po­lice trooper were in­jured in a fiery two-ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent on Satur­day morn­ing at the in­ter­sec­tion of Small­wood Drive and Stone Av­enue in Wal­dorf, a man has died in the hos­pi­tal from his in­juries, authorities said.

Po­lice say James Cousins Sr., 75, of Wal­dorf suc­cumbed to his in­juries on Sun­day. Trooper Con­stance Davis, 25, has since been treated and re­leased from the hos­pi­tal.

Cousins re­port­edly failed to yield to the state trooper, who had been in the process of pulling over a speed­ing driver, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. The ve­hi­cles col­lided and were en­gulfed in flames mo­ments later.

Pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion showed that shortly after 2 a.m. on Satur­day, Davis was en­forc­ing traf­fic in the area with her marked po­lice cruiser, po­lice re­port. Trav­el­ing east­bound, her emer­gency lights had been ac­ti­vated as she at­tempted to pull over a speed­ing mo­torist when, de­spite her ef­forts to avoid the col­li­sion, Cousin’s Chevy Mal­ibu crashed into her ve­hi­cle, send­ing her car off the road and into a tree.

Within mo­ments, both ve­hi­cles were en­gulfed in flames, the re­lease states. By­standers called 911 and ren­dered aid to

Davis who had es­caped the burn­ing car. Davis at­tempted to free Cousins, but he was trapped in his ve­hi­cle un­til first re­spon­ders were able to ex­tri­cate him. Cousins was then treated by EMS per­son­nel on the scene be­fore he was trans­ported to Med­star Wash­ing­ton Hos­pi­tal Cen­ter in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., where he suc­cumbed to his in­juries Sun­day. Davis was treated and re­leased from R. Adams Cow­ley Shock Trauma Cen­ter in Bal­ti­more.

State troop­ers from the La Plata bar­rack, deputies with the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and first re­spon­ders from the Wal­dorf Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment and Charles County Depart­ment of Emer­gency Services all re­sponded to the crash.

Po­lice are con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate the crash, and ask that any wit­nesses with in­for­ma­tion rel­e­vant to this in­ci­dent con­tact the Maryland State Po­lice La Plata bar­rack at 301-392-1200.

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