Woman dies in 404 crash

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By ABBY AN­DREWS aan­drews@car­o­line­times­record.com

DEN­TON — A Greens­boro woman died, and two men were in­jured in a three-car col­li­sion at 6:48 a.m. Mon­day, Jan. 23, on state Route 404 just east of Deep Shore Road, the Den­ton Po­lice De­part­ment re­ported.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, Kevin Richard Hayes, 60, of Sev­erna Park, was driv­ing a 2015 Jeep Wran­gler, trav­el­ing west­bound in the left lane of the east­bound high­way.

The Jeep struck a 2013 Volk­swa­gen Jetta TDI headon, po­lice said, be­ing driven by Melinda Kay Tisher, 39, of Greens­boro, trav­el­ing east­bound in the left lane of the east­bound high­way.

The col­li­sion forced the Volk­swa­gen to ro­tate into the right lane of the high­way, po­lice said, where it was struck again by a 2011 Mazda 2, driven by Michael An­drew Sousa, 31, of Eas­ton.

The Volk­swa­gen and Mazda both left the road­way and stopped in a ditch along the right side of the road, po­lice said, while the Jeep stopped par­tially in the me­dian and par­tially in the left lane of the east­bound high­way.

Tisher was pro­nounced dead at the scene by re­spond­ing Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices per­son­nel, po­lice said. Her body was taken to the Of­fice of the Chief Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner in Bal­ti­more.

Hayes was taken to Nan­ti­coke Hospi­tal in Seaford, Del., and Sousa to the Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Eas­ton for treat­ment, po­lice said. Po­lice did not know their con­di­tions. Both hospi­tals said they did not have a pa­tient by those names late Mon­day af­ter­noon.

East­bound Route 404, be­tween Le­gion Road and Har­mony Road, was closed for about five hours as po­lice pro­cessed and cleared the scene.

Den­ton Po­lice were as­sisted by the Mary­land State Po­lice Pa­trol Di­vi­sion and C.R.A.S.H. in­ves­ti­ga­tors, the Caro­line County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, both Pa­trol and Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Di­vi­sions, the Ridgely Po­lice De­part­ment and Mary­land State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

This in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing. No charges have been filed at this time but may be filed once the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is com­plete. Any­one who may have wit­nessed the col­li­sion, or events lead­ing to it, is asked to con­tact the Den­ton Po­lice at 410-4791414 or at tips@den­ton­md­po­lice.com, and re­fer to case No. 1701230017.

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