Driver allegedly crashes with infants in vehicle
Woman charged with DUI, reckless driving
A Lusby woman faces numerous traffic charges for allegedly causing a crash while driving under the influence with 6-month-old twins over the weekend, according to a press release from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office.
Nicole Marie Bland, 32, faces a number of traffic charges, including driving under the influence, negligent driving, reckless driving and using a handheld telephone while the motor vehicle is in motion, online court records show.
Around 3:03 p.m. Saturday, authorities were informed of a serious crash at the Route 2 and Wayside Drive intersection in Sunderland. Deputies and firefighters arrived at the scene to find a three-vehicle crash with two vehicles engulfed in flames, the release states. Two attack line fire hoses were used to extinguish the blazes.
The preliminary investigation revealed a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by Mathew Austin Smith, 29, of Bushwood was waiting to turn at Wayside Drive when Bland, who was driving a 2013 Dodge Car- avan, allegedly struck his vehicle, sending him into oncoming traffic. The Cavalier then struck a Toyota Prius, driven by Rachel Broderick, 33, of Huntingtown, at which time both of their vehicles caught fire. Nearby citizens helped remove the occupants from their burning vehicles.
Smith was transported to medical care via helicopter due to his injuries. The press release states that Bland was traveling with twin 6-month-olds secured in car seats. They were uninjured following the collision. The case is still under investigation by Dfc. Stephen Bowlan. Bland was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center, where she posted her $10,000 bail. She is scheduled for a June 28 trial in district court.
Two vehicles were engulfed in flames on Saturday after a crash at the Route 2 and Wayside Drive intersection in Sunderland.