Cause of fatality on Bear Pond Road still unknown
TEMPLEVILLE — At 4:55 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, the Queen Anne’s County 911 Communications Center received a call from a passerby for a single vehicle on fire in the trees with a possible person trapped near the 300 block of Bear Pond Road in Templeville.
Queen Anne’s County sheriff’s deputies and emergency services personnel from Hartley Volunteer Fire Company in nearby Delaware responded to the scene. When deputies arrived, they found a white Ford Ranger pickup fully engulfed in flames with the driver trapped inside and a passenger ejected from the vehicle.
The driver, later identified as the vehicle owner, Wayne Cheney, 50, of Dover, Del., was pronounced dead on the scene by EMS personnel.
The passenger, Faith Gokdemir, 46, of Dover, was flown by Maryland State Police to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for medical treatment. At presstime, Gokdemir had not yet been released from shock trauma.
Bear Pond Road was closed for about six hours following the crash to allow investigators to thoroughly investigate the scene. Information about the accident to the public was delayed pending notification of the family.
Tyler Patton, a spokesman for the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, said the cause of the crash is still under investigation by the agency’s Crash Team. Lead investigator is Dfc. Ryan Davidson, assisted by Sgt. Sean Hampton. Patton said investigators are awaiting the results of crash scene scan data and medical reports from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore.
The scene of an accident, Sunday afternoon, Sept. 24 on Bear Pond Road near Templeville. The accident resulted in the death of a Dover man. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.