Callaway Man Indicted for Collision that Took Two Lives

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (March 20, 2012)—A Callaway man has been indicted on charges related to a fatal accident in 2011 which claimed the lives of two young women. On March 7, a St. Mary's County grand jury indicted Robert Rice Jr., 34, on charges of Vehicular Manslaughter, Hit and Run, Aggressive Driving, and Failure to Control Speed to Avoid a Collision.

Rice was arrested and served with the indictment On March 15. Rice was taken to the St. Mary's County Detention Center where he is currently being held without bond.

The crash occurred on August 4, 2011 on Point Lookout Road in the area of Camp Cosoma Road in Callaway, St. Mary's County. Chernica Boyland, 22, and her front seat passenger Lisa Proctor, 22, both of Lexington Park, both died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision.

The investigation by police revealed that Rice was operating a Chevrolet Silverado pick up truck and struck a Toyota Sienna operated by Sophie Newbury, 41, of Leonardtown, on Point Lookout Road in the area of Piney Point Road. Rice failed to stop at the collision scene and continued to travel northbound on Point Lookout Road. Rice then struck the rear of a different Toyota Sienna operated by Dyhalma Trudell, 54, of Leonardtown, in the area of Camp Casoma. Rice's vehicle then crossed the center line and struck a Chevrolet Impala occupied by Ms. Boyland and Ms. Proctor.

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