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Maryland State Police News Release

Fatal Crash

On 06/12/2018 at approximately 1726 hours, Troopers from the Frederick Barrack responded to 8535 Myersville Road, Middletown for a car crash with a fatality.

Upon arrival the preliminary investigation revealed a 2014 Volkswagen passenger vehicle was traveling southbound on Myersville Road when for the vehicle crossed over the double yellow center line and struck a 2013 Ford Transit van head-on that was traveling northbound.  The 2014 Volkswagen passenger vehicle was occupied by the driver Joshua Brant Swope, a male 35 years of age of Washington County, front seat passenger Ronald Lee Swope, a 72 year old male from Washington County, a 13 year old female back seat passenger and a 2 year old male back seat passenger.  The 2013 Ford Transit van was occupied by driver Christopher Michael Shipley  a 31 year old male from Frederick County.  The 13 year old female passenger in the 2014 Volkswagen passenger vehicle was declared deceased on scene.  All other occupants in the 2014 Volkswagen passenger vehicle were transported to Meritus Hospital for treatment of their injuries.  The driver of the 2013 Ford van was transported by air to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment of his injuries.

The investigation is ongoing and will be completed by First Sergeant Menchey of the Maryland State Police Crash Team. Upon completion of the investigation it will be presented to the Frederick County Office of the State’s Attorney for their review.

Trooper(s) involved: TPR. Kelly,TFC Oleyar, First SGT. Egros, First SGT. Menchey.