Cause of fa­tal­ity on Bear Pond Road still un­known

Record Observer - - News -

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.

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