D.C. motorist killed in crash
SUV he was driving caught fire following impact with another vehicle near Leonardtown
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.