Impaired Driver Takes Life of Harley Rider in Calvert - Southern Maryland Headline News

Impaired Driver Takes Life of Harley Rider in Calvert


Another Innocent Life Taken by a Reportedly Impaired Driver

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. - The Calvert County Sheriff's Office today reported a fatal accident in Prince Frederick that took the life of a motorcyclist on Tuesday, May 8. A vehicle, operated by John Patrick Maloney, 30, of Huntingtown, went out of control and struck the Harley Davidson head-on. The motorcyclist, Harold L. Jerew, 47, of St. Leonard, passed away shortly thereafter at a local hospital. Police say Maloney failed standardized field sobriety tests and was determined to be impaired.

On Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at 2:33 p.m. members of the Calvert County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of a motor vehicle crash in the 600 block of Wilson Road, Prince Frederick, Calvert County, Maryland. Dfc. Windsor was the first deputy to arrive on the scene of the crash. Dfc. Windsor reported that he had begun CPR on the operator of a motorcycle that was involved in the crash. He advised the crash was serious in nature and requested members of the CCSO Crash Reconstruction Unit and members of the Calvert Investigative Team respond.

The investigation by police revealed that a 2007 Saturn Scion was traveling north along Wilson Road when the vehicle ran off the roadway to the right side, striking a guardrail. The vehicle bounced off the guardrail, crossed the center line and struck the guardrail on the other side of the roadway. As the vehicle struck the guardrail of the southbound lane of Wilson Road, it also struck a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle in a head-on offset collision. The Harley Davidson and the Scion came to rest against the guardrail on the northbound lane of Wilson Road. The operator of the Harley Davidson, Harold L. Jerew, 47, of St. Leonard, was ejected and came to rest in a weeded area along the roadway. He was transported by ambulance to Calvert Memorial Hospital, where he was later succumbed to his injuries.

Dfc. Wilson was the second deputy on the scene and made contact with the operator of the at-fault vehicle. Dfc. Wilson identified the driver as John Patrick Maloney, 30, of Huntingtown, who was not injured as a result of the crash. Dfc. Wilson administered Maloney standardized field sobriety tests and determined that Maloney was impaired. Maloney was processed accordingly and was charged with driving while impaired by drugs or drugs and alcohol, driving while impaired by a controlled dangerous substance, failing to drive right of center, possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and two counts of negligent homicide.

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