Intoxication suspected factor in golf cart fatality
62-year-old H-town man struck by several vehicles
The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office believes intoxication may be a factor into why a 62-year-old man was operating his golf cart on Route 4 Saturday night before being ejected onto the roadway and hit by multiple vehicles.
Around 9:30 p.m. Oct. 7, members of the Calvert Coun- ty Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team were dispatched to the intersection of Route 4 and Lower Marlboro Road for a report of a pedestrian struck. Authorities arrived to find John Lee Schneider of Huntingtown dead on scene, a press release from the sheriff’s office states.
Preliminary investigation revealed Schneider was operating his golf cart on the roadway and entered the intersection of Route 4 and Lower Marlboro Road, attempting to proceed northbound on Route 4. During the turn, he struck the curb that serves as a merge lane for traffic entering northbound Route 4 and was ejected onto the roadway, the release states.
While in the roadway, Schneider was struck by three vehicles traveling northbound on Route 4 with two of those vehicles staying on scene and the third vehicle later located in a nearby shopping center. The release indicates all drivers cooperated with the investigation.
Schneider was pronounced dead at the scene and sub- sequently transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where an autopsy will be performed. All involved vehicles were seized pending additional investigation, according to the release. Authorities believe lighting conditions, Schneider’s dark clothing and potential intoxication are some of the factors that contributed to the collision.
A Nixle alert was distributed to the public at 9:43 p.m. Saturday, informing residents that Lower Marlboro Road and Route 4 was shut down due to a serious accident and advising them to avoid the area. A second Nixle alert was sent at 1:16 a.m., stating the roadway was reopened.
The collision and the events that lead up to it are under investigation by Sgt. Vladimir Bortchevsky of the crash reconstruction team. Anyone with addition information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 410-535-2800 or email Bortchevsky at firstname.lastname@example.org.