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UPDATE: Baby succumbs to injuries from vehicle crash

  UPDATE:  On February 9, 2018, the juvenile Emma Leigh Clarke, age 3 months, succumbed to the injuries sustained in the motor vehicle collision.  The investigation is ongoing. 

Staff note: A gofundme has been created to help support medical and funeral expenses. 


Lexington Park, MD - On Feb. 7 deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 19200 block of Three Notch Road in Lexington Park, for the reported motor vehicle collision involving three vehicles. The Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation. 

Preliminary investigation determined a 2008 Honda Civic operated by Alexa Taylor Smith, age 23 of Owings, was traveling southbound on Three Notch Road in the area of King James Parkway.  Smith attempted to make a U-turn at King James Parkway, and was struck by a 2013 Ford Escape traveling southbound, operated by John Wesley Lonkert, age 39 of Scotland, Maryland. After being struck, Smith’s vehicle entered the northbound lane where it was struck by a 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe operated by Joseph Dennis Spalding, age 58 of Hollywood, Maryland. Smith and a passenger were transported to an area trauma center, and a juvenile in Smith’s vehicle was transported to Children’s Hospital for treatment.  Lonkert was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital with incapacitating injuries. 

At this time, driver error appears to be the contributing factor in the collision. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or events leading to the collision, are asked to contact Deputy First Class John Davis at (301) 475-4200 ext. *8015 or by email at John.Davis@stmarysmd.com.


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Update Friday, Feb. 8 11:10 a.m.

On February 7, 2019, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 19200 block of Three Notch Road in Lexington Park, for the reported motor vehicle collision involving three vehicles. The Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation.

Preliminary investigation determined a 2008 Honda Civic operated by Alexa Taylor Smith, age 23 of Owings, was traveling southbound on Three Notch Road in the area of King James Parkway.  Smith attempted to make a U-turn at King James Parkway, and was struck by a 2013 Ford Escape traveling southbound, operated by John Wesley Lonkert, age 39 of Scotland, Maryland. After being struck, Smith’s vehicle entered the northbound lane where it was struck by a 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe operated by Joseph Dennis Spalding, age 58 of Hollywood, Maryland. Smith and a passenger were transported to an area trauma center, and a juvenile in Smith’s vehicle was transported to Children’s Hospital for treatment.  Lonkert was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital with incapacitating injuries.

At this time, driver error appears to be the contributing factor in the collision. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or events leading to the collision, are asked to contact Deputy First Class John Davis at (301) 475-4200 extension *8015 or by email at John.Davis@stmarysmd.com.

For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.


LEXINGTON PARK, Md. - On Thursday, Feb. 7 at 10:34 p.m., units were alerted to reports of a serious accident on Three Notch Road and King James Parkway, Lexington Park. Upon arrival, crews discovered a crash that left two vehicles in the roadway and sent one vehicle off-road. 

Reports say that two adults and a baby were left trapped in the car located off the road. The baby was freed from the wreck and taken to a hospital by ground in rapid transport for serious injuries. Due to poor weather conditions, medevac services were not available. The two adults were freed shortly after and taken to a trauma center.

Other motorists involved the crash were reportedly assessed for injuries on scene by medical personnel. 

A crash reconstruction and investigation is underway. Three Notch Road is closed in the area of King James Parkway.  

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