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Victim identified in fatal Charles County crash

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La Plata, MD – Maryland State Police have identified the man who was killed in a crash that also injured four people, including a baby, in in Charles County on Wednesday.

It happened just after noon on Maryland Route 6 in the area of King Edward Place.

Maryland State Police say a Chevrolet Blazer driven by Jessica Dutrow, 29, of Port Tobacco, Md., and occupied by Shania Zimmerman, 19, of Nanjemoy, Joshua Richmond, 37, of Waldorf, and a seven-month-old infant.

The Chevrolet Blazer was driving eastbound on Maryland Route 6 in the area of King Edward Place. Zimmerman passed a vehicle while traveling on the right shoulder then re-entered the eastbound lane and lost control of the vehicle.

At the same time, a 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche operated by Melvin Spriggs, 64, of Capital Heights, Md., was traveling on westbound Maryland Route 6. Zimmerman entered the westbound lane of Maryland Route 6 and her vehicle was struck by Spriggs.

After the collision, the Chevrolet Blazer overturned at least one full rotation and the left rear passenger was ejected from the vehicle.  Richmond was pronounced deceased at MedStar/Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. The preliminary investigation indicates speed and driver error are believed to be factors in the collision.

Spriggs was transported by MSP Trooper 7 to MedStar Prince George’s Hospital. The 7-month-old was also transported by MSP Trooper 7 to Children’s National Medical Center. Dutrow and Zimmerman were both flown by MSP Trooper 6 to Prince George’s  Hospital.

The victim, Joshua Richmond, 37, of Waldorf, Maryland, was pronounced deceased Wednesday at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. According to a preliminary investigation from the Maryland State Police Crash Team, shortly before noon on Wednesday, troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded on a report of a two-vehicle crash on Maryland Route 6 (Port Tobacco Road) in the area of King Edward Place in La Plata, Maryland.

Investigators believe that a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer, was being operated by Jessica Dutrow, 29, of Port Tobacco, Maryland, and occupied by Shania Zimmerman, 19, of Nanjemoy, Maryland, Richmond and a 7-month-old infant. The Chevrolet Blazer was traveling east on Maryland Route 6 in the area of King Edward Place. Dutrow drove past an unidentified vehicle while traveling on the right shoulder. She re-entered the eastbound lane and began to lose control of the vehicle.

At the same time, a 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche, operated by Melvin Spriggs, 64, of Capital Heights, Maryland, was traveling on westbound Maryland Route 6 in the area of King Edward Place. Investigators believe that Dutrow lost control and her vehicle and entered the westbound lane of Maryland Route 6 where it was struck by the Chevrolet Avalanche. After the crash, the Chevrolet Blazer overturned at least one full rotation and Richmond was ejected from the vehicle. The preliminary investigation indicates speed and driver error are believed to be factors in the crash.

Spriggs was flown by MSP Trooper 7 to UM Prince George’s Hospital. The 7-month-old was also transported by MSP Trooper 7 to Children’s National Medical Center. Dutrow and Zimmerman were flown by MSP Trooper 6 to UM Prince George’s Hospital Center.

Anyone who may have witnessed this crash should call Cpl. Zimmerman of the Crash Team at (301) 392-1231.

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