UPDATE - Two die in multi-vehicle crash on Route 2

Elliot and Joan Kocen of Solomons were killed in a March 12 crash in Sunderland.

photo from Rausch Funeral Home

UPDATE - Monday evening, March 12, 9:30 p.m.

Sunderland, MD - On Monday, March 12, at approximately 1:05 p.m. members of the Calvert County Sheriff's Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team were dispatched to Solomons Island Road (MD Route 2) and Clyde Jones Road for a vehicle collision. The preliminary investigation of the collision revealed a 2008 Ford Ranger was stopped in the northbound lane of Route 2 waiting to make a left turn onto Clyde Jones Road. Richard Williams, 61 of Sunderland, was identified as the driver of the Ford. A 2016 Lexus E300 was stopped in the northbound lane of MD 2 behind the Ford. Joan Kocen, 69 of Solomons, was the driver of the Lexus. Elliot Kocen, 82 of Solomons, was a passenger in the Lexus. A 1999 Mack Dump Truck, fully loaded with gravel, was traveling northbound on MD 2. Tristan Matteson, 21 of Prince Frederick, was driving the Mack. A 2016 International Stake Body Truck was traveling southbound on Route 2. Jerone Harper, 26 of Laurel, was the driver of the International. As the Mack approached the intersection of Clyde Jones Road Matteson advised he observed the vehicles ahead stopped in the traffic lane. He attempted to swerve around the vehicles. This attempt was unsuccessful and the Mack struck the rear passenger side of the Lexus. The collision pushed the Lexus forward and to the left. The Lexus clipped the rear of the Ford and continued traveling into the southbound lane of Route 2. The Lexus was then struck by the International as it was traveling southbound on Route 2.

Joan Kocen was transported to Calvert Hospital where she died due to her injuries from the collision. Elliot Kocen was pronounced deceased on the scene. All other drivers involved in the crash refused medical treatment. Preliminary Investigation shows that Matteson’s failure to control speed to avoid a collision contributed to this crash. 

The collision is under investigation by Sgt. T. Phelps of the Crash Reconstruction Team. Anyone with additional information regarding the collision is asked to contact the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office at 410-535-2800 or e-mail the investigator at

Previous report

Sunderland, MD - Police have confirmed one death and several injuries as the result of a motor vehicle collision early Monday afternoon, March 12 at the Route 2 (North Solomons Island Road) Dalrymple Road intersection. The road was closed for over two-and-a-half hours while police and emergency crews were on the scene. No names of those involved have been released at this time. One of the vehicles involved was a large truck. Captain David Payne of the Calvert County Sheriff's Office told that the crash remains under investigation and a detailed report is pending.

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Previous report

SUNDERLAND, MD - On March 12 at 1:30 p.m., the Calvert County Sheriff's Office reported that Dalrymple Road and North Solomons Island Road, Sunderland will be closed due to a crash. Drivers bound for the area are advised to take an alternate route. 

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