UPDATE: Name of Pedestrian in Fatal Accident in Mechanicsville Released

March 15, 2016

fatal crashUPDATE 3/15/2016 @ 9:20 a.m.: The pedestrian has been identified as Joseph Willie Hall, 48, of Waldorf. Family has been notified, and the collision is still under investigation by TFC W. Scarlett

UPDATE 3/14/2016 @ 10:10 a.m.: On March 14, 2016 at 6:32 am, Troopers from the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack responded to a motor vehicle collision on Maryland Route 234, Budds Creek Road, at Maryland Route 236, Thompson Corner Road, Mechanicsville.

Investigation revealed that a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado driven by William K. Halt, Jr., 41, of Mechanicsville, was travelling east on Budd’s Creek Road. A vehicle in front of the Silverado stopped to make a left hand turn from Budd’s Creek Road onto Thompson’s Corner Road. The Silverado attempted to pass the vehicle on the right and subsequently struck a pedestrian.

The pedestrian, who has not been identified at this time, was pronounced deceased at the scene of the collision.

The collision is currently under investigation by TFC W. Scarlett.

3/14/2016: On Monday, March 14, 2016, at approximately 6:32 a.m., Troopers from the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack responded to a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian at Budds Creek Road and Thompson’s Corner Road, in Mechanicsville.

Upon arrival crews discovered a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle and died at the scene.

Police continue to investigate.

48 Responses to UPDATE: Name of Pedestrian in Fatal Accident in Mechanicsville Released

  1. Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 10:17 am

    There is a merge lane there, so Mr. Halt was doing right, it’s just unfortunate that it was dark and he most likely did not see the pedestrian in the roadway. Thoughts and prayers to all involved.

  2. Crazy Fools! on March 14, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Oh My!!!

  3. Mark on March 14, 2016 at 10:56 am

    That is why you don’t go around cars using the shoulder. If he had been patient while the other vehicle turned then the pedestrian would still be alive. Sad for the family of the person who died.

    • werwe on March 15, 2016 at 10:55 am

      He was legally able to do so as there is a go around lane there.

    • Fawwkumean on March 15, 2016 at 11:07 am

      The road has broken lines on that turn to go around vehicles so it was legal for him to pass right.

    • LEO supporter on March 15, 2016 at 11:48 am

      Great assumption, Mark. However, he didn’t use the shoulder, but rather the designated lane to go around vehicles which are turning. Sad for all involved.

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      MD Laws allow car to pass on an ‘improved shoulder’ for 2 lane roads.

      • Anonymous on March 16, 2016 at 10:10 am

        You will need to provide proof…as I have a friend who was cited by a state trooper for this very thing…passing on the right (Rt5) with no marked by-pass lane.

  4. Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 11:46 am

    God be with the family.
    I see this all the time cars going on the shoulder of the rd when a car or bus is stopped to turn left. If there is a solid white line there to your left it is illegal to do this. People please wake up.

    • werwe on March 15, 2016 at 10:56 am

      There wasn’t a solid white line there

  5. Noneya on March 14, 2016 at 11:48 am

    You can’t pass on the right shoulder, I was stopped years ago by a cop for doing so. It’s only legal if there is a passing lane.

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 11:01 pm

      There’s a passing lane at 236.

      • Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 10:29 am

        True there is a lane provided there just for that reason. Not a shoulder it’s a passing lane.

  6. Concerned on March 14, 2016 at 11:48 am

    God be with the family.
    I see this all the time cars going on the shoulder of the rd when a car or bus is stopped to turn left. If there is a solid white line there to your left it is illegal to do this. People please wake up.

    • Concerned on March 14, 2016 at 11:48 am

      Sorry to your right

      • Brian on March 15, 2016 at 7:18 am

        Yes and thank you for posting this several times…has much more meaning that way! As stated there is a lane to pass there, the person was in the road and this is a very unfortunate accident.

  7. Caution on March 14, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    If there was a solid white line, then passing on the right would have been an illegal move. Shame. Sorry for the family that lost a member.

    • Anon on March 14, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      In drivers ed at CSM, they taught my kids that it is legal to pass on the shoulder in the state of Maryland if you can safely maneuver on the shoulder and back on to the roadway (example was if you have enough room for your car without hitting a mailbox, you have room).

      • AliceW on March 15, 2016 at 8:21 am

        Would you be so kind as to post the page number in the MVA drivers book. Also understand the Sheriff does not agree with you as they are handing out tickets. The State Police will not and will tell you so on the phone as well as pass you while you are trying to turn left. If you look at google earth you will see there is a passing lane there. They did not bother to provide an improved shoulder for the Amish when they scabed in the passing lane. CSM needs to correct their class as with a four wheel drive and no mail box you could ignor the fog line and pass anywhere.

      • werwe on March 15, 2016 at 10:56 am

        There is a go around lane there

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      Legal in MD when its a improved (paved) on a 2 lane road.

  8. Keep it real on March 14, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    The person driving was a Charles County Sherriff Officer, Pfc. W. Halt, off-duty and on his way to District 1 for a 7:00am “Roll call” and subsequent shift.

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 10:07 am

      No he wasn’t

    • LEO supporter on March 15, 2016 at 11:52 am

      Last I checked police didn’t report to roll call in their pajamas with child in tow…

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      No he wasn’t

    • Anonymous on March 16, 2016 at 10:13 am

      Isn’t District 1 the northern portion and east bay side of the state? If that was the case he was w-a-y late and was not going to make roll call. I think you may be making stuff up.

  9. JG on March 14, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    If traveling south, then yes there is a right side legal passing lane at that intersection in order to go around cars turning left onto Thompson’s Corner Road.

  10. Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    There is a passing Lane there

  11. annoyed on March 14, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    There is no “merge” lane there, as stated in previous post…There is a dotted white line separating the travel lane from the shoulder, and the solid white line allows eastbound traffic to legally pass (on the right) traffic stopped to make a left hand turn onto MD rt. 236. Of course, one still needs to do so with caution… as do pedestrians. Darkness certainly played a part in this. Terrible tragedy. A lot of Amish travel this area in buggies, on bicycles , and on foot.

  12. Tanya B on March 14, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    traveling on this road at 9:40 a.m. this morning and the body was still laying in the road and traffic was being diverted down 236 why would it be in the road that many hours for so many traveling people to see and start their day. This personally was my first time experiencing anything like this The Pedestrian was clearly laying in the middle of the road with a yellow tarp over him with his feet exposed. Praying for all involved.

    • SLH on March 15, 2016 at 9:29 am

      I saw the exact same thing at 8:30 yesterday morning. Such a horrible thing for everyone involved. Then, this morning, there was a hitchhiker on the westbound side across the street. Gave me chills.

    • ( . Y . ) on March 15, 2016 at 9:29 am

      I don’t necessarily disagree with what you are saying, but this seems pretty common when there is a fatality. My understanding is that it is for incident reconstruction. I would argue that a chalk outline (or something identifying the location of the body) would be sufficient, but the experts that do this as a profession apparently have reasons why that isn’t good enough. This was one of the primary complaints with the way the Michael Brown incident was handled in Ferguson. Its protocol, but it was perceived as disrespect for the victim. As I said, my personal opinion is to remove the body, but I don’t make those decisions…

      • annoyed on March 16, 2016 at 7:23 pm

        OK, so next time let’s have the police just shut down the whole road so you have to drive an hour out of your way. That way, you’ll have something real to complain about instead of what you saw while rubber necking instead of watching where you are going. Idiot.

    • Keepin It Real on March 15, 2016 at 10:11 am

      Do you have PTSD now?

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 10:44 am

      The police were doing scene reconstruction. Any fatal or near fatal accident they take measurements, paint lines, take pictures and statements. This can be very time consuming. Also the morgue could have been running slightly behind.

      • Gravedigger72 on March 17, 2016 at 3:45 pm

        The Morgue? I don’t think so. Each county has a Transport company that picks up bodies from the scene and transports them to the State Medical examiners office in Baltimore. It may be a funeral home or removal company that does it. So no to your comment that the Morgue was running behind. I know this as a fact since I was once a Forensic Investigator for the State of Maryland.

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 10:48 am

      If the person is deceased and is pronounced dead at the site of the accident then they are not moved until the investigation is complete. A fatal accident or any accident that looks like it will be fatal has to have a reconstruction done which can take hours.

    • LEO supporter on March 15, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      So sorry you were inconvenienced by an active crime scene. It’s a shame that you had to see a disposable blanket laying on the ground. How traumatic. I do pray that you or your family members are never in a similar situation. In case you do face something so tragic let me give you a heads up, a reconstruction officer has to report to the scene. Not all police are trained in this. It may take time for said officer to arrive. A reconstructionist does just that, reconstructs and documents each part of the crime scene, in this case a motor vehicle vs. pedestrian. This also takes time. I assure you this “personally” was Mr. Hall’s first time experiencing anything like this. Unfortunately, you will not read his comment on here. But I would go as far to assume that he is thankful the proper procedures were taken to investigate his first time experience. On a side note, perhaps you should notify your state about the concerns you have with the state issued “yellow tarps” (disposable blankets) and the fact that “one size fits all” might not be working out for all. My prayers go out to all involved, including the first responders who so ignorantly caused such a horrific experience for you, Tanya B.

    • Anonymous on March 16, 2016 at 8:11 am

      It amazes me the way some people’s brains work. I will never understand how some people have absolutely no common sense. Sure, maybe you’ve never seen anything like this, nor have I, but common sense says that when someone dies, police investigate. They can’t just go moving everything around because they are worried about hurting your feelings. Guess what, at that moment, you don’t matter to them, the guy who was killed is who matters to them. Stop crying about your own feelings and think of the families, friends, and everyone involved in the accident.

  13. JJ on March 15, 2016 at 1:08 am

    You are allowed to pass in this location. Prayers to all families involved.

  14. Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Prayers to the families of all involved.
    About passing there – it’s legal when it’s safe for all concerned. Obviously it wasn’t, so passing at that time was illegal.

  15. Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Dont be so quick to judge someone.And what difference does it make what he does for a living.
    He’s a person and we all matter. Everyone in this accident is going to affected. This was a horrible accident and I feel sorry for everyone involved.

  16. Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    No he wasn’t!

  17. Kimberly Marcell Hall on March 15, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    R.I.P To my cousin We love you always Yes you will be greatly missed

    • Sea of Joy on March 16, 2016 at 10:34 am

      Sympathy for your loss.

  18. Anonymous on March 16, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Just because there’s a “merge lane/passing lane” does not mean you can just pass. The key word is when safe to do so. I feel bad for everyone involved but if it had been children walking down the road peoples views might be different. Either way, this will (I’m sure) turn into a legal mess for everyone involved

  19. Anonymous on March 18, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    feel very sorry about joe and his family.he will truly be missed by me for i would stop sometime and pick him up when he was going to the lodge to work.he,always had a kind word for all people and not once did i here him have a bad word for someone.he would always say don’t criticize or find fault with someone unless you have walked in the same shoes for that person.see,you joe,someday

  20. dwight williams jr on March 18, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    I will truly miss mr. joe,i use to pick him up along the road and he would always say i kept looking for you because you would always take me to the lodge for work before you would go to your job.much sorrow for mr. joe and his family.