Burridge Gets 15 Years In Fatal Crash

UPDATE: PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. - Last week, a Calvert County judge handed down a sentence of 15 years to a Bowie man for a fatal crash back in July of last year.

The accident happened around 4 am in the morning on July 21, 2019 near Southern Maryland Blvd in Dunkirk.

Police said Daniel John Burridge, 36, was driving under the influence when he drove off the road and hit a utility pole. Burridge fled the scene of the crash leaving an injured passenger in the vehicle.  Officers caught up with him near the scene.

His passenger, Oriana Sherezade Motta Gaitan, 27 of North Beach, MD, died at the scene. Gaitan was a member of the Army National Guard.

Police charged Burridge with leaving the scene, reckless driving, and driving under the influence.

He pleaded guilty back in February to a count of negligent manslaughter by automobile.

DUNKIRK, Md. - On Sunday, July 21, 2019, at 3:59 a.m., members of the Calvert County Sheriff's Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team were dispatched to a report of a single vehicle accident near Southern Maryland Blvd. in the area of West Ward Road Dunkirk, MD.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Dodge Neon SRT was traveling southbound on Southern Maryland Blvd in the area of West Ward Road and for unknown reasons left the roadway and struck a utility pole. 

The driver of the vehicle, identified as Daniel John Burridge, 36 of Bowie, MD failed to remain on the scene of the crash, however was apprehended nearby after a search by law enforcement personnel.  Daniel Burridge was then transported to CalvertHealth Medical Center for treatment. A front seat passenger in the vehicle, identified as Oriana Sherezade Motta Gaitan, 27 of North Beach, MD, was pronounced deceased on scene as a result of his injuries.

At this time, alcohol appears to be a contributing factor in the crash. 
The collision remains under investigation by DFC. J. Hardesty 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

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