Two die in sep­a­rate ac­ci­dents

Ridge man killed in head-on col­li­sion in Dameron

The Enterprise - - Front Page - By JAC­QUI ATKIELSKI jatkiel­ski@somd­news.com

A col­li­sion re­sult­ing in one fa­tal­ity that also sent two other peo­ple to the hos­pi­tal was re­ported at 6:34 a.m. Mon­day morn­ing near Dameron on Route 235 and Wills Road.

“It was a head-on” ac­ci­dent, St. Mary’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Cpl. Julie Yin­gling, in­terim pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer, said on the phone Mon­day.

A pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­di­cated that An­drea Denise Ridgell, 31, of Dameron, was trav­el­ing south­bound on Three Notch Road in a 2007 Chevro­let Ta­hoe, ac­cord­ing to a sher­iff’s of­fice re­lease. For un­known rea­sons, her

ve­hi­cle crossed the cen­ter­line and con­tin­ued into the path of Ed­ward James Buser III, 59, of Ridge, who was go­ing north­bound in a 2000 Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado.

Buser was pro­nounced dead at the scene. Ridgell and a ju­ve­nile pas­sen­ger were trans­ported to MedS­tar St. Mary’s Hos­pi­tal with non-life-threat­en­ing in­juries, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

Ridgell was not at the hos­pi­tal as of Tuesday morn­ing, hos­pi­tal staff stated.

At this time, al­co­hol does not ap­pear to be a con­tribut­ing fac­tor in the col­li­sion, ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff’s of­fice. Any­one who may have wit­nessed the col­li­sion, and has not yet pro­vided a state­ment is asked to con­tact Cpl. Brian Con­nelly at 301-475-4200, ext. *8031. This in­ci­dent is the 18th traf­fic fa­tal­ity in St. Mary’s County so far this year.

STAFF PHOTO BY JESSE YEAT­MAN

Po­lice and res­cue ve­hi­cles close off a por­tion of Route 235 in Dameron early Mon­day morn­ing af­ter a ve­hi­cle col­li­sion re­sult­ing in one fa­tal­ity was re­ported.

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