One killed in trooper involved crash
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.