Two killed in week­end crashes

Cal­i­for­nia woman, Leonard­town man both died on Fri­day af­ter pair of two-ve­hi­cle col­li­sions

The Enterprise - - Front Page - By JOHN WHAR­TON jwhar­ton@somd­news.com

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.

STAFF PHOTO BY JOHN WHAR­TON

Law of­fi­cers be­gin their in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Fri­day’s fa­tal col­li­sion south of Lex­ing­ton Park.

Emerson

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