UPDATE: Police Investigating Fatal Hollywood Crash That Killed 75-Year-Old Man

UPDATE: On Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 2:25 pm, St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to the report of a single vehicle collision into a tree on northbound Hollywood Road near FWD Drive in Hollywood. Upon arrival, police observed a red 1989 Chevrolet S-10 into a tree with a single occupant. The driver was trapped in the car and had to be extricated. The driver was then transported to MedStar St. Mary's Hospital with CPR in progress where he succumbed to his injuries. The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to conduct the investigation.

Preliminary investigation determined a 1989 Chevrolet S-10 operated by Charles Oscar Combs, age 75 of Hollywood, was traveling northbound on Hollywood Road in the area of FWD Drive when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. Combs was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown where he was pronounced deceased.

At this time, it appears that Combs suffered from a medical emergency. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or any events leading up to the collision and have not provided a statement are asked to contact Cpl. Dale Reppel at or by phone at 301-475-4200, ext. 78059.

HOLLYWOOD, Md. - On May 4, 2021, at approximately 2:25 p.m., police, fire and rescue personnel responded to the serious motor vehicle accident with one subject trapped on Hollywood Road in the area of Fwd Drive.

Hollywood Road is shutdown due to the crash.

Units arrived on location within two minutes of dispatch to find a single vehicle into a tree with the driver trapped.  Crews went to work utilizing the HURST Rescue Tools to quickly extricate the priority 1 trapped driver.   The patient was turned over to EMS. MEDEVAC was requested but now canceled with CPR in progress. The patient was transported to MedStar St. Mary's Hospital.

Expect the roadway to be shutdown for an extended period for reconstruction of the collision.

Use caution in the area, and stay alert for emergency vehicles.

The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office is investigating the crash. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.

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