PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (April 9, 2010)—A single vehicle accident in Dunkirk early this morning sent the teenage driver to Calvert Memorial Hospital in critical condition. The teenage passenger was treated for minor injuries on the scene and released. Police believe alcohol was a factor that contributed to this crash.
The accident occurred at approximately 1:43 a.m. in the area of Ferry Landing Road and Old Jones Road.
The vehicle, a green 2003 Ford Explorer SUV, was operated by Ryan Jesse Brown, 18, of Owings. John Mark Faulkner, 19, of Dunkirk, was the front seat passenger.
Police say the vehicle was traveling east bound on Ferry Landing Road when
it left the roadway and struck a tree. Based on the statements of the occupants and roadway evidence, police believe that Brown failed to come to a complete stop at the stop sign located at the intersection of Old Jones Road and Ferry Landing Road. As the vehicle entered Ferry Landing Road, Brown lost control of his vehicle and entered the west bound lane of Ferry Landing Road. The vehicle ultimately left the pavement from the north roadway edge of Ferry Landing Road. Immediately upon leaving the roadway the vehicle struck a tree.
Brown was extricated from his vehicle. Brown sustained head trauma in addition to other injuries and was transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital. Brown was subsequently transferred to Washington Hospital Center MedStar Trauma Center by ambulance. As of Noon Friday, Brown remains in critical but stable condition.
Police believe Brown was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident.
The accident was investigated by the Calvert County Sheriff's Office Patrol Division and Crash Reconstruction Team.
Police are asking anyone who may have additional information regarding this crash to contact DFC C. Childress at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-535-2800.