CALIFORNIA, Md. (July 25, 2011)—Two men died this past weekend in unrelated single-vehicle motorcycle accidents; one in Calvert and the other in Charles County. Just a few days prior, on July 21, a Mechanicsville man was killed in a single vehicle motorcycle accident in St. Mary's County. Additionally, a Prince Frederick man died this morning after a single-car accident in Huntington. Police suspect the man suffered a medical emergency which caused the crash.
Motorcycle Accident Kills One in Huntington on July 23
On Saturday, July 23 at 7:52 p.m., members of the Calvert County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene of a single vehicle crash on Cox Road in Huntingtown about a tenth of mile in off Md. Rt. 4. Jonathan R. Smither, 34, of St. Leonard, had been operating a 2001 Harley Davidson Springer motorcycle and failed to negotiate a left turn. The motorcycle left the roadway to the right and rolled over four times. Smither was ejected and came to rest adjacent to the bike. Smither was wearing a helmet that came off during the crash. He was transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital by members of the Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department where he succumbed to his injuries. The crash is being investigated by Cpl. A. Moschetto of the Crash Reconstruction Team.
Motorcycle Accident Kills One in Bel Alton on July 24
On July 24 at 1:32 a.m., Charles County Sheriffs officers responded to Popes Creek Road near Murells Place in Bel Alton for the reported motorcycle crash. Upon their arrival, the officers discovered a man and a woman had been injured in a single-vehicle crash. Citizens were performing CPR on the man. The woman was injured but breathing.
Emergency medical services personnel arrived on the scene and transported the man by ambulance to Civista Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. The woman was transported by a Maryland State Police helicopter to Prince Georges Hospital Center, where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The preliminary investigation revealed the man was driving the motorcycle, a 2008 Harley Davidson, on Popes Creek Road toward Crain Highway when he passed another vehicle in a no-passing zone. As the man attempted to return to his lane, he lost control of the motorcycle and struck a guardrail, causing the motorcycle to crash.
The victims were identified as a Temple Hills husband and wife: Alain Gerard Sexton, 56, and Brenda Kay Sexton, 51.
Officer W. Saunders of the Traffic Operations Unit is investigating the crash.
Man Dies in Hospital After Single Vehicle Accident in Huntington on July 25
On July 25 at 10:02 a.m., units from the Calvert County Sheriff's Office responded to the 100 block of Dalrymple Road just off Md. Rt. 2 in Huntingtown for the report of vehicle crash. Upon arrival, units found a 1990 Acura Legend down an embankment resting against a tree with air bags deployed. The driver, who was the single occupant, was seated behind the wheel unconscious. Units from the Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department responded and transported the driver, later identified as Kevin Eugene Holland, 54, of Prince Frederick, to Calvert Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Preliminary investigation has determined that Holland was traveling east on Dalrymple Road when his 1990 Acura left the roadway for an unknown reason. The vehicle sideswiped a small pine tree and continued northeast across a front yard. The vehicle then struck a small embankment and became airborne for about 30 feet, traveled down a hill and through some trees for approximately 96 feet in a northeasterly direction. Once at the bottom of the hill the vehicle struck another tree and came to rest. The vehicle suffered minor damage due to the accident.
It is believed that Holland may have suffered some type of medical emergency causing him to lose control of the vehicle and run off the roadway.
Cpl. G. Shrawder is handling the investigation.