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Crash in Leonardtown kills one, injures two others

LEONARDTOWN, Md. - On November 26, 2018, at approximately 7:40 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision, in the 24200 block of Point Lookout Road in the area of Hanover Drive in Leonardtown. Upon arrival deputies discovered a vehicle on fire with an occupant trapped inside. The fire was extinguished by fire department personnel, and the trapped occupant was found to be deceased. The deceased sustained minor burns as a result of the vehicle fire, however non-survivable injuries were sustained in the collision. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded and continued the investigation.

Preliminary investigation determined a 2013 Ford Fusion operated by Michael Anthony Cook, age 45 of Callaway, was traveling southbound on Point Lookout Road, when for unknown reasons the vehicle left the roadway and struck the guardrail on the southbound shoulder of the roadway. The vehicle was then propelled across all lanes of travel, and struck a 2007 Honda Odyssey operated by Stoianka Lubomrova Encarnacion, age 47 of Great Mills, which had maneuvered to the northbound shoulder in attempt to avoid the other vehicle. After the collision both vehicles caught fire, with Encarnacion still trapped in her vehicle. After the fire was extinguished, Encarnacion was found to have succumbed to injuries sustained as a result of the collision. A juvenile passenger in Encarnacion’s vehicle was flown to Children’s Hospital with incapacitating injuries. Cook was also transported to a trauma center with incapacitating injuries. At this time alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the collision.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or the events leading up to the collision, is asked to contact Corporal Brian Connelly at (301) 475-4200 extension *8031 or by email at Brian.Connelly@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

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