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UPDATE - Driver charged in Lusby fatality indicted

Lindsay Canter

Lindsay Leanne Canter

UPDATED Monday, March 20 Indictment handed down

Prince Frederick, MD - A Calvert County grand jury handed down a nine-count indictment against a St. Mary’s County woman charged in connection with the death of a man in an early-morning motor vehicle crash on Route 2/4 north in Lusby. The crash that killed Ronald Joseph Ball, 32, occurred Dec. 15.

The accused, Lindsay Leanne Canter, 32 of Lexington Park, was indicted for negligent manslaughter with a motor vehicle, failure to immediately stop at the scene of an accident, two counts of negligent homicide with an automobile while under the influence, homicide with a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, criminally negligent manslaughter with a motor vehicle, two counts of driving or attempting to drive while under the influence and driving/attempting to drive while impaired by alcohol.

Canter was being held on a no bond status. At this time there is no information as to when her first appearance before a circuit court judge for arraignment will be scheduled.


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Prince Frederick, MD – A St. Mary’s County woman charged with negligent manslaughter in connection with a motor vehicle collision that occurred Thursday morning, Dec. 15 has been denied bond by a District Court judge. The defendant, Lindsay Leanne Canter, 32 of Lexington Park, was in court Monday, Dec. 19 for the review. She was initially incarcerated Dec. 16 after being interviewed by members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Investigations Bureau.

The crash on Route 2/4 near Rousby Hall Road in Lusby occurred around 1:30 a.m. The collision claimed the life of Ronald Joseph Ball, 32, who was transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital where he later died. According to Lee Funeral Home, Ball’s current address was Lothian. Ball was a 2002 graduate of St. Mary’s Ryken High School and was employed at Toyota of Southern Maryland where he was the finance manager.

During interviews with Canter, investigators learned Canter “intentionally struck Ball’s vehicle,” a sheriff’s office press release stated. “The two vehicles had been racing north on Route 4 prior to Canter deciding to make contact with Ball’s vehicle. Based upon information learned during the interviews with Canter she was charged with DUI [driving under the influence] homicide by motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle crash and numerous other DUI-related charges.”

A hearing on the charges Canter is facing is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 15 in District Court.

Funeral services for Ball will be held Tuesday, Dec. 20 at Lee Funeral Home in Owings.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com


UPDATE Friday, Dec. 16 at 8:15 a.m.

Lusby, MD - On December 15, 2016, at approximately1:32 a.m., units from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the area near the intersection of Route 2/4 and Rousby Hall Road in Lusby for a report of a motor vehicle collision. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2012 Ford Mustang and 2009 Nissan 370 Z were both traveling northbound on Route 2/4.  As the vehicles entered the intersection of Rousby Hall Road the Ford Mustang struck the Nissan 370 Z in the rear causing the Nissan to go off the roadway and into an embankment. Once off the road the Nissan rolled and came to final rest on its roof. After the collision the operator of the Ford Mustang, later identified as Lindsay Leanne Canter, 32 of Lexington Park, failed to remain on the scene of the collision. The Mustang was located by CCSO Patrol Bureau deputies and subsequently was stopped a short time later in close proximity to the crash scene.

The operator of the Nissan was identified as Ronald Joseph Ball, 32 of Huntingtown. Ball was transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by CMH ER Staff. 

Calvert County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Bureau detectives followed up with several interviews throughout the course of the day  Dec. 15. During the interviews detectives learned that the suspect in this case, Lindsay Leanne Carter, intentionally struck Ball’s vehicle. The two vehicles had been racing north on Rt. 2/4 prior to Carter deciding to make contact with Ball’s vehicle. Based upon the information learned during the interviews with Carter she was charged with DUI homicide by motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle crash and numerous other DUI related charges. 

Sheriff Mike Evans said “in Calvert County traffic crashes have a negative impact on more families annually than any other single event law enforcement is involved with. I continue to ensure deputies are conducting traffic enforcement to remove impaired drivers from our roadways in an effort to prevent tragedies such as this one from occurring. The holiday season should be a time for families and friends to get together and share some great times and to make memories. Please do your part to help prevent an event such as this from destroying your holiday season this year and in the future. If you are hosting or attending a party be sure those that are consuming alcoholic beverages do not get behind the wheel of a vehicle and kill or seriously injure themselves or someone else.”

At this time, this investigation is still on going. Alcohol is undoubtedly a factor in this case. If anyone has any information regarding this collision is being asked to contact Sgt. V. Bortchevsky of CRT at 410-535-2800 ext. 2540 or by e-mail: bortchvi@co.cal.md.us


Lusby, MD - On Dec. 15 at approximately 1:32 a.m., units from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the area near the intersection of Maryland Route 4 and Rousby Hall Road in Lusby for a report of a motor vehicle collision. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2012 Ford Mustang and 2009 Nissan 370 Z were both traveling northbound on Maryland Route.  As the vehicles entered the intersection of Rousby Hall Road the Ford Mustang struck the Nissan 370 Z in the rear causing the Nissan to go off the roadway and into an embankment.  Once off the road the Nissan rolled and came to final rest on its roof.  After the collision the operator of the Ford Mustang, later identified as Lindsay Leanne Canter, 32 of Lexington Park, failed to remain on the scene of the collision. The Mustang was located by members of Patrol Bureau and subsequently was stopped a short time later in close proximity to the crash scene.

The operator of the Nissan was identified as Ronald Joseph Ball, 32 of Huntingtown. Ball was transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital (CMH), where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead by CMH ER Staff. 

At this time, this investigation is still on going.  Alcohol is being considered as a contributing factor to the collision.  If anyone has any information regarding this collision is being asked to contact Sgt. V. Bortchevsky of CRT at 410-535-2800 ext. 2540 or by e-mail: bortchvi@co.cal.md.us

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