Driver iden­ti­fed in crash on U.S. Route 50

Record Observer - - News - By AN­GELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­times.com

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.

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