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    Double Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision in Hughesville Saturday

    Type of Incident: Double Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision

    Date and Time: April 15, 2017 at 10:53 p.m.

    Location: Northbound Leonardtown Rd. north of Cracklingtown Rd., Hughesville, Charles County, Md.

    Vehicles:

    Vehicle 1: 1999 Chevrolet Suburban Virginia

    Vehicle 2: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Maryland

    Drivers:

    Vehicle 1: Michael Lee Simms (deceased), 49, Linden, Virginia

    Vehicle 2: Shelia Victoria Green, 57, Waldorf, Maryland

    Passengers:

    Vehicle 1: Lashawnia Inez Hagan (deceased), 49, Waldorf, Maryland

    Vehicle 1: Lanika Elisia Jackson Coleman, 42, Clinton, Maryland

    Vehicle 1: Keith Rondell Tolson, 53, Upper Marlboro, Maryland

    Vehicle 1: Ka Von Desales Dorsey, 24, Waldorf, Maryland

    Vehicle 1: Name Withheld - 'Juvenile Female,' 13, Clinton, Maryland

    Vehicle 2: Ryann Lnnnee McGee, 19, Waldorf, Maryland

    Narrative:

    (HUGHESVILLE, Maryland) – On Saturday, April 15, 2017 at approximately 10:53 p.m., Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded to a personal injury motor vehicle collision on northbound Leonardtown Road north of Cracklingtown Road.

    A preliminary investigation conducted by Troopers indicates that a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling northbound on Leonardtown Road north of Cracklingtown Road in lane #1 when it was struck in the rear by a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban, which witnesses reported was traveling at a high rate of speed. Following the initial collision, the Suburban traveled off the right side of the roadway and over several embankments. The Suburban continued into a wooded area where it struck several trees as well as a telephone pole which it severed. The Suburban then overturned and caught fire. Four passengers were able to escape the Suburban and were assisted in doing so by witnesses, one of whom suffered minor burns during their effort to assist.

    The four passengers who escaped the Suburban were transported to D.C Children's Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Prince George's Hospital Center by Maryland State Police Aviation Command helicopters Trooper 2 and Trooper 7 for treatment of their injuries. The operator and passenger in the Grand Cherokee were also injured and transported by ambulance to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center for treatment.

    As a result of injuries sustained in the collision and resulting fire, the driver and front seat passenger of the Suburban were pronounced dead at the scene. They were both transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsy.

    Investigators conducted multiple interviews and collected evidence on scene. As a result of their findings, speed, driver error and alcohol are believed to be the causes of this collision.

    La Plata Barrack personnel were assisted on scene by the Maryland State Police CRASH Team and Deputies from the Charles County Sheriff's Office. Additionally, personnel from the Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department, the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department, the Benedict Volunteer Fire Department, the Charles County Rescue Sqaud, the Charles County Department of Emergency Services EMS Division, the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad and Dentsville EMS provided assistance as well.

    This investigation is being continued by Corporal J. Zimmerman, a Collision Reconstruction Specialist assigned to the Maryland State Police CRASH Team. Anyone who may have witnessed or who has information regarding this collision is asked to contact the La Plata Barrack Duty Officer at (301) 392-1200 and reference case number 17-MSP-015718.

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    What a mess. Listened to this on the scanner last night. 4 ALS ambulances, 2 MSP helos, 3 BLS ambulances until they had everyone transported. They ran out of room on the helipad at Hospital Center and had to ship one adult to PG istead.

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    a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling northbound on Leonardtown Road north of Cracklingtown Road in lane #1 when it was struck in the rear by a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban, which witnesses reported was traveling at a high rate of speed.
    It would be nice to have the back story on what precipitated this. Why was she driving so fast?

    -- Mechanical/electrical issues with the vehicle

    -- Was in a hurry to get somewhere

    -- Under the influence

    -- Typical way she drove

    -- Falling asleep

    -- was Angry about something

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    Quote Originally Posted by Editor View Post
    It would be nice to have the back story on what precipitated this. Why was she driving so fast?

    -- Mechanical/electrical issues with the vehicle

    -- Was in a hurry to get somewhere

    -- Under the influence

    -- Typical way she drove

    -- Falling asleep

    -- was Angry about something
    As per the narrative.
    "It must be inordinately taxing to be such a boob."
    The Brain

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    Quote Originally Posted by GWguy View Post
    As per the narrative.
    Well, that's what they are suspecting anyway. As the driver was burned up, they'll have to wait for the autopsy to come back before they can really say that. From the narrative it was the Suburban driven by Mr Simms that initiated the wreck by rear-ending the Cherokee. Sucks for the passengers who got hurt and killed but sometimes reckless driving is a self solving problem.

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    well that sucks ...

    I hope for the driver and front passenger they were already dead, burning alive is a ####ty way to go
    Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
    - Robert J. Hanlon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GURPS View Post
    well that sucks ...

    I hope for the driver and front passenger they were already dead, burning alive is a ####ty way to go
    Channel8 had a piece on the accident and interviewed the neighbor and his wife who pulled people out of the Suburban. Apparently the driver was conscious but pinned and said 'I know i'm not gonna make it'.

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    Wow. So sad, but actions have consequences.
    Like I said, JMO, yo! - Roman

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    Very horrific. And another indication that we need more traffic enforcement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3CATSAILOR View Post
    Very horrific. And another indication that we need more traffic enforcement.
    I don't think traffic enforcement could have prevented this accident. It is like saying law enforcement is responsible for accidents. They do the best they can, and I applaud them. They want to make a difference in the community, but can't keep up; and they, certainly, don't get paid enough for putting their life on the line. Why would law enforcement be blamed for citizen stupidity? Just wondering. JMO.
    Last edited by littlelady; 04-17-2017 at 12:08 AM.
    Like I said, JMO, yo! - Roman

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