UPDATE:Fatal Accident in Dunkirk

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UPDATE:Fatal Accident in Dunkirk

Dunkirk, MD - 10/15/2011

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By Dennis Hook

UPDATE 10/21/2011: POLICE REPORT, NAME RELEASED

On October 15, 2011 at approximately 7:44 a.m. members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the area of MD Route 4 N/B and Chaney Road in Dunkirk for a report of a serious motor vehicle collision involving a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser.  Due to the type of the collision and subsequent vehicle fire the operator of the vehicle was pronounced dead on the scene.
On October 19, 2011 the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office received a confirmation of the driver’s identity from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, Maryland.  The operator of the 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser was positively identified as Matthew Ryan Cwiek, a 19 year old male, resident of Owings, Maryland.  The cause of death is pending the official autopsy report from the OCME, Baltimore.    
The Calvert County Crash Reconstruction Team is continuing the investigation into the events that lead up to this collision.  Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Cpl. V. Bortchevsky of the CRT at 410-535-2800 or by e-mail at bortchvi@co.cal.md.us

UPDATE 10/17/2011 8:50AM: POLICE REPORT

On October 15, 2011 at approximately 0744 hours members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the area of MD Route 4 N/B and Chaney Road, Dunkirk, Maryland 20745 for a report of a serious motor vehicle collision involving a single vehicle.Upon arrival units located a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser off the roadway engulfed in flames.Members of the Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department extinguished the fire.

Preliminary investigation revealed the following:

A 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser was traveling northbound on MD Route 4.Just prior to the intersection of MD Route 4 and Chaney Road the vehicle left the roadway and entered a grass shoulder.The vehicle continued in the northerly direction as it crossed Chaney Road.The vehicle entered private property and continued to travel off road until it collided with a tree, in a full frontal impact.Shortly after colliding with the tree the vehicle caught fire.The operator, who was the only occupant, of the Toyota sustained mortal trauma as a result of the collision and was pronounced dead on the scene.

Speed is believed to be one of the contributing circumstances to this collision.

Due to inability to make a positive identification on the scene, the confirmation of the driver’s identity will follow the autopsy to be performed at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, Maryland.

Calvert County Crash Reconstruction Team is conducting the investigation into the events that lead up to this collision.Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Cpl. V. Bortchevsky of the CRT at 410-535-2800 or by e-mail at bortchvi@co.cal.md.us .

On Saturday, October 15, 2011, at approximately 7:45 am, there was a report of a serious accident at Route 4 North and Chaney Road in Calvert County. The Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad (Co.5) responded to the call and found a vehicle fully involved (flames) with person inside.  The fire was quickly extinguished and the individual in vehicle was listed as fatality.

Route 4 north was closed at Lyons Creek Road while the Calvert County Sheriff's Office did an accident reconstruction to determine the cause. 



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