Man dies in crash on Bay Bridge

Record Observer - - Front Page - By AN­GELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­

SANDY POINT — A Queen­stown man died in an early morn­ing crash Satur­day, April 2, on the Bay Bridge.

Mary­land De­part­ment of Transportation Au­thor­ity Po­lice re­sponded to re­ports of a col­li­sion on the U.S. Route 50 east span of the Wil­liam Pre­ston Lane Jr. Me­mo­rial Bridge at 2:22 a.m., said 1st. Sgt. Jonathan Green, pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer for MdTA Po­lice.

The crash in­volved a 2011 Mazda sedan and a 2014 Freight­liner box truck, and oc­curred in the area of the east­ern chan­nel, he said.

There were four peo­ple in the Mazda; the front seat pas­sen­ger, later iden­ti­fied as 21-year-old Randy Drake Thrower of Queen­stown, was pro­nounced dead at the scene, Green said.

One of the women in the back seat was flown by Mary­land State Po­lice he­li­copter to the Univer­sity of Mary­land Shock Trauma Cen­ter in Bal­ti­more with what ap­peared to be se­ri­ous in­juries, he said.

The man driv­ing and the other fe­male pas­sen­ger were taken by am­bu­lance to Anne Arun­del Med­i­cal Cen­ter for treat­ment, Green said. Po­lice thought their in­juries were not life-threat­en­ing. The driver of the truck was not in­jured.

Green said the crash was still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and he did not have a re­port stat­ing how it hap­pened. Both ve­hi­cles were in the right lane on the bridge when po­lice got to the scene. He was able to con­firm the dam­age was to the front of the Mazda and the rear of the truck.

“In­di­ca­tions from the pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion sug­gest al­co­hol, drugs and ex­ces­sive speed may have been in­volved,” Green said.

The span was closed fol­low­ing the crash and re­mained closed for ac­ci­dent re­con­struc­tion; it re­opened shortly be­fore 7 a.m.

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