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Maryland State Police News Release

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

(Mechanicsville, MD) – The Maryland State Police Crash Team continues to investigate a fatal crash on Saturday, November 30th, 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. Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

The preliminary investigation indicates Nelson, who was operating the Chevrolet Express, crossed the center line into oncoming traffic. Police believe that shortly before 11:00 p.m, he was heading north in the south bound lanes when he struck the Nissan Rogue head-on in the area of Dr. Johnson Road and Kelly Cottage Lane in Mechanicsville.

The Maryland State Police Crash team is actively investigating the incident and consulting with the Office of the State’s Attorney in St. Mary’s County.  Investigators believe alcohol may be a factor in the crash.

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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