Crash kills Gra­sonville woman

Sec­ond se­ri­ous crash re­ported near Church Hill

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GRA­SONVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice con­tin­ues its in­ves­ti­ga­tion of a crash that claimed the life of a Gra­sonville woman Tues­day evening, Jan. 24, on Perry’s Cor­ner Road.

Pre­lim­i­nar y in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­di­cates a north­bound Chevro­let Blazer SUV crossed the cen­ter­line into the south­bound lane as it rounded a curve near Tal­is­man Farm and was struck head on by a Nissan box truck about 4:20 p.m., ac­cord­ing to po­lice. Both ve­hi­cles left the road and struck a tree.

The driver of the Chevro­let was pro­nounced dead at the scene and her fam­ily no­ti­fied later Tues­day evening. Due to her in­juries, the med­i­cal examiner is re­quest­ing her iden­tity be with­held un­til a pos­i­tive iden­ti­fi­ca­tion is made, po­lice said.

The driver of the Nissan truck, Car­los Alexan­der Sura Ruiz of Gaithers­burg, and a pas­sen­ger were not in­jured.

Perry’s Cor­ner Road was closed in the area of the ac­ci­dent for sev­eral hours. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion and re­con­struc­tion is on­go­ing by the sher­iff’s of­fice as­sisted by the Mary­land State Po­lice Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Unit.

Shortly after the fa­tal crash in Gra­sonville, deputies were called to an­other se­ri­ous in­jury crash in­volv­ing two cars at the Flat Iron Square Road and Granny Branch Road in­ter­sec­tion near Church Hill.

Brian Pa­trick O’Neil, 28, of Ch­ester­town was one of the drivers. O’Neil was flown from the scene by MSP Avi­a­tion to Univer­sity of Mary­land Shock Trauma Cen­ter in Bal­ti­more in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, po­lice said.

The driver of the other car, Drew Robert Downs, 19, of Cen­tre­ville sus­tained mi­nor in­juries and re­leased at the scene, po­lice said.

Pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­di­cates the col­li­sion oc­curred be­cause one of the cars failed to stop at the stop sign at the in­ter­sec­tion, po­lice said.

SHER­IFF’S OF­FICE PHOTO

This Nissan box truck was in­volved in a fa­tal crash on Perry’s Cor­ner Road Tues­day, Jan. 24.

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