Driver dies in collision with deputy
Police say victim drove north on southbound Rt. 4 before crash
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.
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.