HUGHESVILLE, Md. (Feb. 29, 2016)—An autopsy conducted this morning on the body of a man found at a Charles County motorcycle crash scene yesterday has determined he was not shot, but died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.
The victim is identified as Robert T. Anderson, 44, of the 22000-block of Conrad Drive, Patuxent River, MD. An autopsy at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore today determined Anderson died as a result of multiple blunt force trauma injuries he sustained in the crash. The wound observed by the forensic examiner on the scene that appeared to possibly be a gunshot wound was determined to have been caused by a puncture that occurred during the crash.
Maryland state troopers from the La Plata Barrack were dispatched to Rt. 5, north of the bypass at Rt. 231, Hughesville, at about 2:15 p.m. yesterday, for the report of a motor vehicle crash. Troopers found a 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle that had run off the left side of the road and struck a guardrail. The driver, later identified as Anderson, had been ejected from the motorcycle.
Emergency medical services personnel pronounced Anderson dead at the scene. A forensic examiner observed a suspicious injury that may have been caused by a gunshot. The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit responded to conduct the investigation in the event the autopsy confirmed a homicide.
The autopsy has resulted in Anderson's death being ruled an accident as a result of the motor vehicle crash. Troopers from the La Plata Barrack will continue the traffic crash investigation, with assistance from the Maryland State Police Crash Team.