UNDER INVESTIGATION: Fatal crash closed southbound Route 4 early this morning

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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