Police Release Names of Two Teens Killed in Waldorf Motor Vehicle Accident

March 4, 2017

UPDATE 3/3/2017 @ 6:00 p.m.: On March 3, 2017, at approximately 12:35 p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Smallwood Drive at St. Nicholas Drive, in Waldorf  for the report of a single vehicle crash.

A preliminary investigation revealed that a silver passenger car was travelling east on Smallwood Drive West when the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a traffic light pole.

Colin C. Bipat, 17, and Desmond L. Cooke, 17, both of Waldorf, were pronounced deceased on the scene. Another passenger, Caleb F. Marshall, 18, of Waldorf, was flown to a hospital with serious injuries.

Members of the Traffic Operations Unit responded and are conducting an investigation.

UPDATE 3/3/2017 @ 1:40 p.m.: Emergency personnel have confirmed there are two fatalities at the scene and an 18-year-old male is being transported by helicopter to an area trauma center.

3/3/3017: Police, fire, and rescue personnel responded to a serious motor vehicle accident in Waldorf.

Smallwood Drive West is closed between Mall Circle and St Patrick’s Drive will be shut down for approximately 2 hours.

Details will be provided as they become available.


49 Responses to Police Release Names of Two Teens Killed in Waldorf Motor Vehicle Accident

  1. Mayee on March 3, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Hope God and his Angels are with them this sis so sad…Prayers to the Familys

    • Anonymous on March 7, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      So who was the driver? Or did they end up too smashed up to know who was driving.

  2. Pat Bowers on March 3, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    a few post are saying it was a driver at a high rate of speed that went head on into a STEEL Traffic light pole.

    • Anonymous on March 4, 2017 at 12:24 am

      Just look at the car..what is it, 35 through there? Just young kids, RIP.

    • Big Cookie on March 6, 2017 at 11:06 am

      Back in November of 2007, 4 La Plata High School students (Ages 14-16) were killed in a single accident on Oliver Shop Road, where the driver lost control of his car and swerved into the path of an oncoming SUV. Tragedy. The driver of the car was only 16.

  3. Maria on March 3, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Dear God, Praying for the young man…. I hope the families can find comfort soon

  4. in LaPlata on March 3, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    The way next-of-kin notifications should be made is that, even when the next-of-kin is contacted, an attempt should still be made to contact a local next-of-kin, if an out-of-town one has to be reached, first. There should be an attempt made for at least 72 hours before an out-of-town next-of-kin is contacted, and, even after an out-of-town next-of-kin is contacted, an attempt should be made to contact a local next-of-kin for say, 24-48 hours more.

    What are you talking about, what accident? I thought you knew. What? You shouldn’t be finding out about this before I am. No, I thought you knew. Whew.

    It should be known if attempts are made at CPR on the scene. What is the rule about attempting CPR on the scene of an accident?

    • Anonymous on March 3, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      So in the state of Maryland the protocol for fire and rescue is to attempt recitation if patient is not breathing EXCEPT if there is obvious injuries incompatible with life and rigor mortis. If the story is from the police more than likely they won’t say if CPR was attempted. The media can not have access to patient reports because it’s against patient privacy. The names in my opinion should have never been released because they are under the age of 18 and it hasn’t even been 24 hours. I pray for these families. They should have been given a chance to heal before the news was blasted online

    • Anonymous on March 3, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      They do not release names until the family is notified, which is done in person.

    • Nick on March 3, 2017 at 7:59 pm

      What are you talking about?
      If there was any chance that they were alive when EMT’s arrived, I am sure they would have attempted CPR.
      Hell they most like attempted CPR even if there was no chance it would save them!

      • Anonymous on March 4, 2017 at 11:57 am

        That’s the protocol. You do not attempt CPR if their are injuries incomparable with life. Those injuries are SERIOUS injuries that would have killed them on impact. Either way, unless the police put into their report that CPR was given it won’t make it to the news report because no one has access to the medical report, if someone gave smnewsnet the on scene medical report they’d be breaking patient provider confidentiality and that’s illegal.
        Also, I’m not saying that they can’t release the names, I’m saying morally they shouldn’t. Give these kids family’s time to heal. They didn’t even have a full day to wrap their head around losing their child before the news was all over the internet and personally I feel that’s wrong.

        • Anonymous on March 6, 2017 at 11:39 am

          Who trolls an article like this you are one serious POS you deserve to get curb stomped..

    • Pat Bowers on March 6, 2017 at 8:46 am

      Considering the Fire/Paramedics immediately called the Medical Examiner to pronounce these two young men DOA; there was no saving them.

      ABC7 reported that the bodies stayed in the car for several hours after the accident. The removal of bodies didn’t happen until after the Accident Investigation was over with.

  5. Ms. Justice bb on March 3, 2017 at 6:15 pm


  6. Anonymous on March 3, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families. May God be you all, always.

  7. Hank P on March 3, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Man, they were just kids. Gone too soon

  8. Cat on March 3, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Prayers out to the family – My heart aches and I didn’t even know them. So sad..May they rest in peace

  9. Kim on March 3, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Prayers being said for and my heart goes out to all of families and friends of each of the kids.

  10. Barbara R. on March 3, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Only God can heal at times like this. May they feel His comfort and presence My heart is sad as I have a grandchild their age.

  11. Anonymous on March 3, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Praying for the families of these young man. My heart aches for them. Such a sad lost I will keep them in my prayers always!

  12. Pamela Minor on March 3, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    I’m so sorry to the families I pray for everyone Lord hear our prays

  13. Anonymous on March 3, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Prayers sent to all families

  14. Anonymous on March 4, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Prayers sent to …all the Families… Heartbreaking

  15. Joe on March 4, 2017 at 12:35 am

    All the more reason to bring Driver’s Education back into the high school curriculum. The high rate of speed combined with the inexperience of the driver, is the only reason for this needless, senseless tragedy. With more education focused on safety and instruction, perhaps we can prevent more of these types of accidents from happening.

    • Eileen Shlagel on March 4, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      I agree! It belongs back in the school system! It should be at least a semester long.

      • Anonymous on March 5, 2017 at 12:03 pm

        Why? Maybe the parents (and we as a society) need to stop relying on others to raise our kids and teach them life’s lessons.

  16. Nanette Hawkins on March 4, 2017 at 4:52 am

    Prayer goes out to these families so sorry for your lost

    • Denise on March 4, 2017 at 11:02 am

      Loss* not lost. Please don’t speak Waldorfese.

      • Anonymous on March 5, 2017 at 6:28 pm

        And, you are speaking Southern Maryland red neck.

        • Tell You What on March 6, 2017 at 9:43 pm

          How were they talking like a redneck? You do not see any y’alls or aints in the comment.

  17. John on March 4, 2017 at 8:30 am

    May there young souls Rest In Peace with the lord ..

  18. AliceW on March 4, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Did school let out early? This is a terrible event.

    • Pat Bowers on March 6, 2017 at 8:49 am

      it was Senior Skip Day.

      • Anonymous on March 7, 2017 at 8:53 pm

        They were going to work. They took a half day at the high school.

  19. Anonymous on March 4, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Prayer to both families! I’m so sorry for your tragic loss my both young men RIP… THEY WILL BE RESURRECTED IN GODS NEW SYSTEM!!!!!!

  20. L R S on March 4, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Prayers to both families❤❤ may both young men RIP…. Families please know that both these young men will live again with a resurrection of life in GODS New System of things, hope this will give you all some comfort..This is very HEARTBREAKING though I will keep you ALL in Prayer! ❤❤

  21. Anonymous on March 4, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Prayers go out to the families. Sad sad story. So young. God makes no mistakes. I just wish everyone slow down on the road. Kids should never have to die before the parents. R.I.P.

  22. Jay on March 6, 2017 at 7:52 am

    At least no one else was killed due to their foolishness.

    • Keisha on March 6, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      Foolishness? You have no idea what you are talking about. This is sad and you have the nerve to say that? Don’t say nothing at all? How would you feel if your son or family member died? You would want to see a comment like that?

      • Anon on March 7, 2017 at 8:24 am

        Not that I don’t get your point Keisha, but look at those pictures. That car must have been going 60+ mph when it hit that pole. Driving 60mph on Smallwood drive at 12:30 in the afternoon is the definition of foolishness. Its sad that they lost their lives and family and friends have to mourn the loss, but lets not act like this wasn’t their own fault. And yes, the rest of the community is lucky that more lives weren’t lost due to their reckless and “foolish” behavior

      • Jay Jr on March 7, 2017 at 9:12 am

        With due respect, how would you feel if these speeding kids killed your family member? I realize it’s a difficult time, especially for anyone who knew these two, but you have to recognize that what they were doing was putting many, many innocent lives in danger. It’s only by luck that they didn’t hurt/kill anyone else.

        Let the family and friends of these two kids grieve over their loss. We can all be thankful that this accident didn’t take anyone else!

      • Big Dookie on March 7, 2017 at 8:22 pm

        They’re right. Their actions could have resulted in death or injuries to any of the other innocent drivers on the roads.

        • Anonymous on March 9, 2017 at 9:53 am

          then if that is how you feel KEEP IT TO YOURSELF. THis is my family.

          • Big Cookie on March 10, 2017 at 1:15 pm

            Sorry for your loss, but, if you don’t like to read comments, it’s very simple, STAY OFF THIS SITE!

  23. Carrie on March 6, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    My condolences to the Family & friends of these young men, my heart aches for all of you

  24. Anonymous on March 8, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    I have met this young man(driver)I know his parents..in your comments please decide not to be cruel with your comments. Remember that someone has lost their children due to a mistake and let’s remember to teach our children that their actions have consequences and when they make a mistake do their best to correct it before it’s too late. My heart is so heavy with this loss. God, look out for these familes in their time of need. Again, please be mindful with your comments, we all know what shoulda, woulda, coulda, but someone’s baby is gone…let’s teach better as we move ahead. Peace

  25. Bizkits on March 9, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Who was driving? Colin, Desmond, or Caleb?

  26. Anonymous on March 10, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Has anyone considered mechanical failure in the car causing out of control acceleration? These 2 young men lost their lives and it appears the driver was trying to avoid hitting other cars stopped at the intersection. Perhaps we should all wait for the investigation to be completed and the surviving occupant interviewed before we adjudicate?

  27. Anonymous on March 16, 2017 at 2:54 am

    Sorry for your loss.