Two killed in weekend crashes
California woman, Leonardtown man both died on Friday after pair of two-vehicle collisions
A pair of two-vehicle collisions occurring within one hour of each other last Friday on St. Mary’s roadways each claimed the life of a county resident, including a California woman and a Leonardtown man.
A Virginia man who collided with the St. Mary’s woman, and the wife of the Leonardtown man, also were seriously injured in the collisions.
Shortly after 3 p.m. on Friday, 27-year-old Rhiannon Marie Griffin was traveling north on Route 235 toward Hermanville in a Ford Ranger pickup truck, according to Maryland State Police, as a southbound GMC Terrain driven by Sierra Yobani Hernandez, 28, of Danville, Va., crossed the centerline “for an unknown reason” and entered the northbound lane.
“Griffin attempted to take evasive action to avoid being struck by the Terrain,” a police release states, and she “attempted to pull to the shoulder of the road, but the Terrain continued onto the shoulder, striking the Ranger head on.”
Fire and rescue volunteers extricated the
SUV’s occupant, and police report that a helicopter crew flew him to the Prince George’s Hospital Center.
Griffin, who previously was a student at an academy in South Carolina, according to her Facebook page, worked as a technician for BAE Systems.
State police requested this week that anyone with information about the collision call the Leonardtown barrack at 301-475-8955. Griffin
SUV hit pole off St. John’s Road
St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputies were called at about 4 p.m. on Sept. 8 to St. John’s Road in Hollywood, where they report that a sport-utility vehicle driven by 41-year-old Michael Emerson, accompanied by 39-year-old Carrie Emerson, went off the road and hit a utility pole.
Michael Emerson was killed in the crash, and a state police helicopter crew flew the injured woman, identified this week by a family member as the driver’s wife, to a hospital in Prince George’s County.
Michael Emerson was driving the westbound 2002 GMC Envoy when it “left the roadway for unknown rea- sons,” the sheriff’s office reports, and he “overcorrected” its path while trying to regain control, resulting in the vehicle going back off the road again and hitting the pole.
“At this time,” a sheriff’s release state, “speed and alcohol appear to be contributing factors.”
Michael Emerson worked as a package handler and driver for United Parcel Service, according to his Facebook page.
The sheriff’s office has requested that anyone witnessing the collision call 301-475-4200, ext. 2328.
Law officers begin their investigation of Friday’s fatal collision south of Lexington Park.