D.C. mo­torist killed in crash

SUV he was driv­ing caught fire fol­low­ing im­pact with an­other ve­hi­cle near Leonard­town

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

A Wash­ing­ton mo­torist died late Sun­day night when the small sport util­ity ve­hi­cle he was driv­ing went across the cen­ter­line of a St. Mary’s high­way, law of­fi­cers re­port, and caught fire upon col­lid­ing with an on­com­ing SUV, also se­ri­ously in­jur­ing its driver.

A se­nior Leonard­town vol­un­teer fire­fighter quickly ar­rived at the scene and tried to douse the burning ve­hi­cle, the de­part­ment’s chief said, adding that there were no in­di­ca­tions that its driver was still con­scious af­ter the im­pact.

Mary­land State Po­lice con­tin­ued their in­ves­ti­ga­tion this week of the crash re­ported shortly af­ter 11 p.m. Sun­day on Route 234, near the high­way’s in­ter­sec­tion with

Pin­cush­ion Road about two miles west of Leonard­town. The driver from Wash­ing­ton, 68-year-old Wil­liam Lu­cas, was trav­el­ing east in a 2017 Chevro­let Trax, to­ward the town.

“He was at­tempt­ing to pass nu­mer­ous ve­hi­cles that were trav­el­ing east in front of him, in a no-pass­ing zone,” Ron Sny­der, a po­lice spokesper­son, said Tues­day.

A state trooper re­spond­ing to the crash site also at­tempted to put out the fire, ac­cord­ing to the spokesper­son and a sergeant at the Leonard­town bar­rack, who said Mon­day that the ve­hi­cle “was en­gulfed in flames.”

The Leonard­town fire de­part­ment’s deputy chief used a fire ex­tin­guisher in his com­mand ve­hi­cle to try to sup­press the flames, fire Chief John Tross­bach said, and more fire­fight­ers who al­ready were at the fire-

house got to the scene soon af­ter­ward.

“I don’t be­lieve there was any­thing that could have been done” to help the oc­cu­pant of the burning SUV, Tross­bach said, adding that there were no signs that the driver was strug­gling, af­ter be­ing in­jured by the im­pact with the other ve­hi­cle.

A state po­lice he­li­copter crew flew the 2017 Mit­subishi Out­lander’s driver, 22-year-old Ashley Wil­liams of Me­chan­icsville, to MedS­tar Wash­ing­ton Hos­pi­tal Cen­ter, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­lease.

Sny­der said Tues­day, “The last I heard, she was in sta­ble con­di­tion.”

Po­lice have re­quested that any­one who wit­nessed the col­li­sion call the Leonard­town bar­rack at 301-475-8955.

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