Driver dies in col­li­sion with deputy

Po­lice say vic­tim drove north on south­bound Rt. 4 be­fore crash

The Calvert Recorder - - Front Page - By AN­DREW CEPHAS acephas@somd­news.com

The Calvert County Sher­iff’s Of­fice is in­ves­ti­gat­ing a Satur­day morn­ing crash where the driver of a truck died af­ter re­port­edly crash­ing head on with a Calvert deputy in a marked pa­trol ve­hi­cle.

At ap­prox­i­mately 3:05 a.m. Sept. 23, Dfc. Vaughn Evans of the sher­iff’s of­fice in­formed the Calvert County Con­trol Cen­ter via ra­dio that he was in­volved in a se­ri­ous crash south­bound on Route 4 near Mr. Tire.

Of­fi­cers re­sponded to the scene to find a Ford Ranger over­turned in the turn lane along north­bound Route 4 near the Ken­mar Liquor Store. Evans’ marked Chevro­let Caprice was lo­cated near the north­ern­most en­trance to Mr. Tire in the me­dian, a press re­lease from the sher­iff’s of­fice states. Both ve­hi­cles were re­ported to be se­verely dam­aged.

Fire­fight­ers and

Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices per­son­nel from the Prince Fred­er­ick Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment, the Prince Fred­er­ick Vol­un­teer Res­cue Squad and the Hunt­ing­town Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment as­sisted in ex­tract­ing Evans from his ve­hi­cle be­fore he was sub­se­quently trans­ported to Bal­ti­more Shock Trauma via he­li­copter. He was as­sessed by med­i­cal staff and later re­leased, the press re­lease states.

The driver of the Ford — whose iden­tity is not be­ing re­leased un­til no­ti­fi­ca­tions are made to fam­ily mem­bers — was en­trapped in their ve­hi­cle and pro­nounced dead on scene. The State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion re­sponded to the scene and di­rected traf­fic as both lanes of Route 4 were shut down.

Due to the sever­ity of the crash, the Crash Re­con­struc­tion Team re­sponded to the scene and con­ducted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Ac­cord­ing to the re­lease, the crash was de­ter­mined to be a head-on col­li­sion in the south­bound lane of Route 4. The Ford Ranger was north of the point of im­pact, which the re­lease in­di­cates is con­sis­tent with the driver trav­el­ing in a northerly di­rec­tion.

Au­thor­i­ties do not know why the truck was trav­el­ing north in the south­bound lane of Route 4 prior to the col­li­sion, but im­pair­ment is not be­lieved to be a fac­tor at this time. Two wit­nesses on the scene pro­vided state­ments as to what they saw, au­thor­i­ties report.

Any­one who wit­nessed the crash or has in­for­ma­tion that would as­sist with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is asked to con­tact Dfc. Jeff Hardesty at 410535-2800 or jeff.hardesty@ calvert­coun­tymd.gov.

Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion will be pro­vided as it be­comes avail­able.

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