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Maryland State Police News Release

State Police Investigate Fatal Crash In St. Mary’s County

(Mechanicsville, MD) – Maryland State Police are investigating a fatal crash last night that claimed the life of a St. Mary’s County man.

The deceased is identified as Joseph Smith, 50, of Morganza, Maryland.  Smith was the driver of a 2017 Nissan Rogue at the time.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency medical service personnel.

The other vehicle involved was a 2010 Chevrolet Express, operated by Kyle Nelson, 32, of Mechanicsville, Maryland.  Nelson was flown by Trooper 7 to Prince George’s Hospital.

The preliminary investigation indicates that shortly before 11:00 p.m. last night, troopers from the Leonardtown Barrack responded to the area of Dr. Johnson Road and Kelly Cottage Lane in Mechanicsville for the report of a crash.  Upon their arrival, it was determined that the Nissan Rogue crossed the center line for unknown reasons at this time, and entered the travel lane of oncoming traffic.

Personnel from the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration responded to the scene to assist with lane closures.  The Maryland State Police CRASH team is actively investigating the incident.

Anyone with relevant information or who may have witnessed the incident is urged to contact the Leonardtown Barrack at 301-475-8955. The investigation continues…





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