Man’s Death In Hughesville Due To Crash and Not a Homicide

February 29, 2016

msp laplata+UPDATE: 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. 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.

2/28/16: Maryland State Police uniform troopers and criminal investigators are on the scene of a potential homicide that was first reported as a traffic crash along Rt. 5 in Charles County.

Details are minimal at this time, but the victim is an adult male. Troopers are working to make a positive identification and notify family. An identification is not expected to be released until Monday, February 29th.

Shortly before 3:00 p.m. on Sunday,February 28, 2016. troopers from the La Plata Barrack were dispatched to what was reported to be a traffic crash along the Hughesville Bypass, on northbound Rt. 5, near Old Leonardtown Road, in Hughesville. Troopers found an overturned motorcycle and its operator who had been ejected. Evidence indicated the driver had run off the left side of the roadway.

Emergency medical services personnel pronounced the victim dead at the scene. A forensic examiner responded and during an examination of the victim, found what appeared to be evidence in his clothing and trauma to his body indicative of a gunshot wound. The body will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

Investigators from the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit are continuing the investigation, with assistance from the Criminal Enforcement Division, Forensic Sciences Division, La Plata Barrack troopers, and the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.

Portions of north and southbound Rt. 5 on the bypass in the area of Hughesville were closed throughout the evening as investigators processed the scene and search for evidence. State Highway Administration personnel assisted with lane closures and detours around the scene.

No information about a potential suspect or suspects is known at this time.

Anyone who may have witnessed this apparent shooting or was in the area of the Rt. 5 bypass around 3 p.m. today is urged to contact the Maryland State Police at the La Plata Barrack at 301-392-1200.

16 Responses to Man’s Death In Hughesville Due To Crash and Not a Homicide

  1. Anonymous on February 29, 2016 at 8:04 am

    We need cc to protect ourselves

    • Anonymous on February 29, 2016 at 8:28 am

      I’m sure I’ll be able to pull out my gun while riding a motorcycle quick enough to fire back and avoid fire at the same time. The stupidity here is amazing

      • Chibs on February 29, 2016 at 3:06 pm

        I saw Jax do it when the Irish were chasing us once.

    • Cannabis on February 29, 2016 at 9:58 am

      Police officers and detectives who arrested me told me that, CC will never happen in Maryland and they recommended me to move to a different state if I want to have a CC. Sad

      • Keepin It Real on February 29, 2016 at 4:00 pm

        Yeah, this never happened.

    • Urn on February 29, 2016 at 11:02 am

      Not sure I want a shootout on the road…

    • Dan on February 29, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      While I agree, carrying a firearm would not have protected Mr. Anderson from losing control of his motorcycle.

      • Keepin It Real on February 29, 2016 at 6:25 pm

        This. Him having a firearm on him wouldn’t have protected him from getting run off the road by a 3,000 pound moving vehicle.

  2. Marty Ort on February 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    I am trying to send it to my e-mail.

    • YourMomZaenus on February 29, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      You have to click the Send to Email button.

    • Keepin It Real on February 29, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      Keep trying man, you’re almost there!

  3. Anonymous on February 29, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    That’s pitiful. Trying to make 5 or 6 o’clock T.V. news.

  4. Anonymous on February 29, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    HE WAS TRAVELING IN EXCESS OF DOUBLE DIGITS WHEN HE CRASHED HES OWN CYCLE.

    • Anonymous on March 1, 2016 at 5:07 am

      Stupid is as stupid does.

    • Keepin It Real on March 1, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      Was he now? Surely you have proof to back up this claim?

  5. Joe Quiles on March 1, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Rob,
    Will be truly missed by all friends and family. He was a great family man and a good friend. R.I.P Brother in Arms!