Driver identifed in crash on U.S. Route 50
QUEENSTOWN — Maryland State Police have identified the woman killed Wednesday, July 12, in a fiery crash on U.S. Route 50.
Shannon Marie Fowler, 40, of Ruther Glen, Va., was driving a 1999 Ford Escort east in the westbound lanes of Route 50 just east of Arrington Road at 2:3 a.m. when the car hit a 2006 Freightliner tractor-trailer head-on. The car caught fire and burned with Fowler still inside. She was declared dead at the scene.
Fowler was driving on a suspended license, police said. Although her official address is Virginia, she had been staying on a boat in Queen Anne’s County with a friend and knew many people in the area.
The tractor-trailer, operated by Eric Paden, was hauling a flatbed loaded with sod for Quantico Creek Sod Farms of Salisbury. Paden refused medical treatment.
The deceased driver was at fault, police said. No charges were filed.
Tfc. K. Morrison is the lead investigator and reconstructionist for the crash, which still is being investigated. Police do not know yet where or how Fowler came to drive the wrong way on the highway.
No service arrangements had been made as of Saturday. Fowler’s body was still at the medical examiner’s office in Baltimore.