Man struck, killed on 301

Po­lice say driver may have been im­paired

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com

Po­lice say a pedes­trian was struck and killed by a sus­pected im­paired driver Tues­day night in White Plains.

Christo­pher Thomas Flade, 35, of White Plains had been walk­ing on the right shoul­der of south­bound U.S. 301 near Billings­ley Road when Wil­liam Vance Straight, 35, of Lex­ing­ton Park re­port­edly struck him with a Nis­san Fron­tier pickup truck af­ter ca­reen­ing into a guardrail.

Around 7:23 p.m. on Tues­day, Mary­land State Po­lice troop­ers re­sponded to the scene and found that Straight had con­tin­ued trav­el­ing south on U.S. 301 af­ter strik­ing Flade, and had pulled over into the drive­way for the Charles County Mo­bile In­ten­sive Care Unit, a news re­lease states. Flade was pro­nounced dead on the scene by paramedics and was trans­ported to

the Of­fice of the Chief Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner in Bal­ti­more for au­topsy.

Po­lice said Straight dis­played signs of im­pair­ment and was taken into cus­tody af­ter field so­bri­ety tests. The Charles County State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice was briefed on the pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion. No charges have been filed at this time.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is be­ing con­tin­ued by Cpl. J. Zim­mer­man, a col­li­sion re­con­struc­tion spe­cial­ist as­signed to the Mary­land State Po­lice CRASH team. Any­one who may have wit­nessed or who has in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing this col­li­sion is asked to con­tact him at 301-3921231 and ref­er­ence case num­ber 17-MSP-012999.

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