UPDATE: Driver identified after tree falls onto vehicle traveling on route 235 in Mechanicsville


UPDATE: Tiaesa Sade Lake, age 31 of Suitland, has been identified as the victim in the fatal collision. At the time of the collision, Lake was operating a 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis.

MECHANICSVILLE, Md. - On August 4, 2020, at approximately 9:33 a.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 29500 block of Three Notch Road, in the area of Charlotte Hall School Road in Mechanicsville, for the reported single vehicle collision. Deputies arrived on scene and observed a large tree had fallen onto a vehicle.

Preliminary investigation determined the operator of the vehicle was travelling southbound on Three Notch Road when a large tree on the southbound shoulder of the road fell onto the roof of the vehicle, trapping the operator in the vehicle. The victim (sole occupant of the vehicle) was pronounced deceased on the scene. The vehicle operator’s identity is being withheld until notification is made to the next of kin.

At this time, alcohol, drug impairment and speed do not appear to be factors in the collision. Anyone who witnessed the collision that has not yet provided a statement is asked to contact Corporal Vincent Pontorno at (301) 475-4200 extension 72337 or by email at

Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637).  Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

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