Driver Falls Asleep, Kills Passenger in 2nd Vehicle

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Oct. 28, 2014)—Maryland State Police report that the driver of a pickup truck fell asleep at the wheel in the early morning hours resulting in a crash with an oncoming car that claimed the life of the passenger and sent the driver to the hospital. The operator of the truck refused treatment at the scene. The accident occurred at around 1:36 am on MD Rt. 234 in the area of Delozier Lane, Mechanicsville, St. Mary's County.

Police identified the driver of the 2003 Chevrolet Duramax truck as Jeremy Ryan Hunley, age 24, of St. Mary's County. The passenger who succumbed to her injuries on the scene was identified as Tiffany Danielle Henderson, age 22, of Calvert Co. The driver of the second vehicle, who was flown to a local hospital, was identified as Matthew Mason Truitt, age 21, of Calvert Co.

Police investigators determined that a 2003 Chevrolet Duramax truck was traveling eastbound on MD Rt. 234 west of Delozier Lane. A 2004 Chrysler Sebring was traveling westbound on MD Rt. 234 west of Delozier Lane. The operator of the Chevrolet truck fell asleep and entered the westbound lane of MD Rt. 234. The operator of the Chrysler attempted to take evasive maneuvers and entered the eastbound lane of MD Rt. 234 in an attempt to avoid the Chevrolet truck. The operator of the Chevrolet truck woke up and swerved back into the eastbound lane. The Chevrolet truck collided into the passenger side of the Chrysler. After the collision, the Chevrolet truck entered a ditch/culvert and overturned. The Chrysler also left the roadway and came to rest in a ditch on the eastbound side of MD Rt. 234.

The front passenger of the Chrysler was ejected from the vehicle and succumbed to her injuries on the scene. The operator of the Chrysler was transported to Prince George's Hospital via MSP helicopter Trooper 7. The operator of the Chevrolet truck refused treatment.

The collision is being investigated by TFC Mersman, Maryland State Police- Leonardtown Barrack. The State's Attorney was notified of the collision and responded to the scene. The Maryland State Highway Administration responded to the scene and assisted with the road closure and traffic detour.

At this time, police say that alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this collision.

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