UPDATE: Pedestrian Struck and Killed in Park Hall

September 27, 2011

UPDATE: The pedestrian that was struck and killed along Route 5 in the area of Janeen Lane in Park Hall on Sept. 27, has been identified as Clinton W. Rankin Jr., 29 of Lexington Park.

Investigation revealed Clinton Wayne Rankin was walking in the travel portion of northbound Maryland Route 5 in a very dark area and wearing dark non-reflective clothing.

A 2001 Chevrolet Malibu, operated by Stephanie Marie Lee, 22 of Lexington Park,  was traveling northbound on Route 5 and struck Mr. Rankin.  After Ms. Lee struck Rankin she pulled to the northbound shoulder of the road where she brought her vehicle to a stop.  Mr. Rankin’s body came to rest in the northbound lane of Route 5.  A 2001 Nissan Altima, operated by Michael Quinn Virga, 21 of Germantown, Md., was traveling on northbound Route 5.  Mr. Virga’s vehicle ran over Mr. Rankin’s body.  Neither operator of the vehicles were injured as a result of the crash.

Preliminary investigation indicates the primary cause of the crash was that Rankin was illegally walking in the roadway.  There was no evidence to indicate that speed, alcohol or drugs were contributing factors in the crash.


Pedestrian Struck and Killed in Park Hall

On September 27, at approximately 9:00 p.m., police, fire and rescue personnel responded to a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian that occurred on Rt. 5 in the area of Janeen Lane in Park Hall.

Deputy First Class Kevin Meyer was the first police officer on scene and conducted the preliminary investigation.  Deputy Meyer notified the Sheriff’s Office of the fatality and requested the Collision Reconstruction Team.  The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

According to witnesses at the scene, a white male in blue jeans and a yellow sweat shirt was struck by a four door Chevrolet passenger vehicle traveling northbound on Rt 5.  Neither the driver of the vehicle or the pedestrian, have been identified at this time.

The Sheriff’s Office Reconstruction Team is still continuing the investigation and if there is anyone that may have witnessed this collision please contact The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at (301)475-4040.

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10 Responses to UPDATE: Pedestrian Struck and Killed in Park Hall

  1. kd on September 27, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    that is awful God bless the families

  2. Dell on September 28, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Please pray for the family’s involved.His girlfriend collapsed at the scene and was taken to the hospital. She is nine months pregnant. They loved each other and are good people.

    • laurenP on September 28, 2011 at 9:16 am

      How awful…I will keep her & the rest of the family in my prayers.

  3. Sheryl L Strohm on September 28, 2011 at 7:47 am

    May God deliver you, keep you safe, protect and keep your loved ones and embrace you in his heart forever…

  4. Alecia on September 28, 2011 at 8:43 am

    R.I.P. Clinton Wayne Rankin you will be missed his girlfriend had her baby last night

    • laurenP on September 28, 2011 at 10:50 am

      Awwww…poor baby will never know her father, such a sad situtaion all around. Continued thoughts & prayers to everyone involved :*(

    • criss on September 30, 2011 at 2:31 am

      just to let every one know clintons girlfriend has not had her bbaby yet! R.I.P. Clinton you are and will be terribly missed! You were a wonderful person!

  5. Jamie on September 28, 2011 at 10:10 am

    R.I.P Clinton Wayne Rankin. U were a good friend and a wonderful person. u will me missed and u were loved

  6. Karen on September 28, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    My heart goes out to Mr. Rankin, his baby, his girlfriend and Ms. Lee that is definitely a sudden take up all the way around…

  7. Belinda Smith on September 30, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I cant stop crying. I miss u soo much Clinton :(