Two Charged in Pedestrian Deaths in Chas. Co. - Southern Maryland Headline News

Two Charged in Pedestrian Deaths in Chas. Co.


LA PLATA, Md. (April 5, 2012)—The Charles County Sheriff's Office Traffic Operations Unit has closed two fatal traffic collision investigations with arrests.

Jacqline Vivian Kierra Mack, 21, of Waldorf, Md. (Arrest photo)WOMAN INDICTED IN FATAL PEDESTRIAN COLLISION IN WALDORF: On March 31, Jacqline Vivian Kierra Mack, 21, of Waldorf, pictured at left, was arrested in connection with a fatal pedestrian collision that occurred in November 2011. After an intensive investigation by the CCSO Traffic Operations Unit, the case was recently presented to a Charles County Grand Jury who returned an indictment charging Mack with vehicular manslaughter.

The collision occurred on November 11, 2011. Mack was driving east on Holly Tree Lane in Waldorf when she lost control of her car, jumped the curb and struck Andre Nelson Shorts, 31, of Clinton, who was walking in a grassy area about 10 feet off the roadway. Mack stayed on the scene and Shorts was transported to a hospital where he later died. Speed, alcohol, and failure to pay attention were contributing factors in this case.

Rachel Anna Buckler, 21, of Pomfret, Md. (Arrest photo)WOMAN INDICTED IN FATAL HIT-AND-RUN COLLISION INVOLVING BICYCLIST ON CHAPEL POINT ROAD: On March 28, members of the CCSO Traffic Operations Unit arrested Rachel Anna Buckler, 21, of Pomfret, in connection with a fatal hit-and-run collision involving a bicyclist that occurred in September 2011. After an intensive investigation by the CCSO Traffic Operations Unit, the case was recently presented to a Charles County Grand Jury who returned an indictment charging Buckler with leaving the scene of an accident involving death.

The crash occurred during the overnight hours of Sept. 1 - Sept. 2 on Chapel Point Road near Taurus Lane in Port Tobacco. A passerby found the victim, Thomas Mark Roepcke, 47, of Port Tobacco, unconscious on the side of the roadway and called police. It was clear he had been struck by a car and the striking vehicle had fled the scene. Mr. Roepcke was transported to a hospital where he later died.

A description of the striking vehicle was released and Buckler eventually turned herself in to police about one week later. Over the next several months, investigators followed leads, conducted search warrants, and recovered forensic evidence - including bicycle parts - from Buckler's car linking Buckler to the collision.

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