In­tox­i­ca­tion sus­pected fac­tor in golf cart fa­tal­ity

62-year-old H-town man struck by sev­eral ve­hi­cles

The Calvert Recorder - - News - By AN­DREW CEPHAS acephas@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @CalRecANDREW

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 vlad.bortchevsky@calvert­coun­tymd.gov.

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