UPDATE: Driver in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident Involving a Dump Truck Identified

March 31, 2017

UPDATE 3/31/2017 @ 1:40 p.m. – Official Police Statement : On March 30, 2017, at noon, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a serious motor vehicle collision on Patuxent Beach Road in the area of South Patuxent Beach Road in California, Maryland. When deputies arrived, they found two vehicles engulfed in flames.

The investigation revealed, a 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer, operated by Charles Patton Jr., age 29, of Callaway, crossed the center-line and struck a Mack dump truck, operated by Charles Neal Jr., age 74, of Waldorf, head on, causing both vehicles to leave the roadway. The dump truck overturned with the passenger vehicle underneath the dump truck in a ditch.

Charles Ronald Patton, age 29, of Callaway

Charles Ronald Patton, age 29, of Callaway

Patton was pronounced deceased on the scene, and Neal was transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Members of the Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. At this time, driver error appears to be a contributing factor.

Anybody who may have witnessed the collision and has not yet provided a statement to the police is asked to contact Cpl. Dale Reppel at 301-475-4200 ext. *8059

UPDATE 3/30/2017 @3:20 p.m. – Official Police Statement : On March 30, 2017, at approximately noon, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to reports of a serious motor vehicle collision on Patuxent Beach Road near South Patuxent Beach Road. Officers arrived on scene and discovered a dump truck that appeared to be engulfed in flames.

The preliminary investigation reveals a passenger vehicle traveling on Southbound Route 4 struck a dump truck transporting asphalt head on causing both vehicles to leave the roadway. The dump truck overturned with the passenger vehicle underneath the dump truck into a ditch.

At this time, one fatality is confirmed and deputies are working to notify the next of kin.

The accident reconstruction unit has been on the scene and is continuing the investigation. An additional press release will be provided at the conclusion.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Cpl. Dale Reppel at 301-475-4200, ext *8059.

UPDATE 3/30/2017 @3:10 p.m. : A witness that was traveling behind the passenger car said, “the car tried to pass a tractor trailer while on the bridge coming into St. Mary’s County just prior to the crash” they went onto say the driver of the car was all over the road prior to leaving its lane and striking the dump truck head on”

3/30/2017 : Police, fire and rescue personnel responded to Route 4 in the area of North Patuxent Drive for the the report of a serious motor vehicle accident.

Emergency personnel arrived on scene to find a dump truck on it’s side, on top of a passenger vehicle with heavy fire.


 



137 Responses to UPDATE: Driver in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident Involving a Dump Truck Identified

  1. Peaceful Citizen on March 30, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Oh my God. My thoughts and prayers to all involved in this horrific accident. So heartbreaking.

  2. Travis Phifer on March 30, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Please keep these people and their families in your prayers!! Tell your loved ones when you leave each and every single morning, and throughout the day how much you love them, which is what I’ve always done because you never know when freak accidents like this occur and you never see or hear from your loved ones ever again. Again, my prayers & condolences go out to everyone who was involved in this accident.

  3. Bobby Tipton on March 30, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Praying for all involved including fire ems and police personel…

  4. Nick on March 30, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Unbelievable.
    What a terrible way to die. I hope they didn’t suffer.

  5. AshleyG on March 30, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Probably not the best videos to post considering there is a fatality here.

    • Maria on March 30, 2017 at 8:05 pm

      I couldn’t agree more. It is so sad what they will post to get people to click. Sad.

    • Bob Lob Law on March 31, 2017 at 8:05 am

      You both have the option not to watch the video. Even though everyone knows that you did so out of morbid curiosity.

    • Anonymous on March 31, 2017 at 11:45 am

      right

    • Anonymous on March 31, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      I guess you should complain to WJLA as well, they brought the chopper down and then blasted it all over the 4, 5, & 6 PM news.

  6. cheywolf on March 30, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    How horrible, prayers to the families.

  7. Eric on March 30, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Glad you are all disrespecting the families. This stuff should not be posted until the families are notified

    • Cheryl on March 30, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      Eric I agree with you so sad that this video was posted

    • Bob Lob Law on March 31, 2017 at 8:06 am

      Yes, because the video identifies the victims. Moron.

      • Anonymous on April 1, 2017 at 10:37 am

        Sad that they post these things, because the young man that died, has an 8 year old daughter that does NOT need to go looking into how her father died. The video may not show it, but the update I just saw, says who the deceased is, and it has the horrific videos attached. The little girl that lost her daddy in this accident, is my neice!! So, I totally agree that the videos should never be posted!! Because if she should decide to look into the accident that killed her daddy, this is what she will see. It’s terrible!!

        • Annonymous on April 2, 2017 at 6:35 pm

          My fathe was in the dump truck that was hit. He and our family pray for the deceased and his family. We have never encountered anything like this before.

        • Anonymous on April 2, 2017 at 7:38 pm

          You can’t shield a child from the real world. She should know how her father died – this could potentially save her life when she is old enough to drive. Unfortunately for this poor girl, her father didn’t care enough about her or anyone around him or else he wouldn’t have been driving like an idiot.

  8. Anonymous on March 30, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Slow down!!!! People drive too fast and my of cause their own death.

    • Rocky on March 31, 2017 at 5:34 am

      English your second language?

      • Anony-mouse on April 4, 2017 at 3:29 pm

        Do you even have a second language, or are you just an elitist, Rocky?

  9. Doreen on March 30, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    My prayers go out to the family

  10. Fran Leonard on March 30, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Why in the world would a car try to pass ANY vehicle on the bridge? Prayers for the victims and families and all others involved

    • Joe Concern on March 31, 2017 at 5:32 am

      Where did you get that info ? It was not on the bridge. It was about a mile before the bridge

      • xyz on March 31, 2017 at 7:05 am

        If you read the article you’d know.

      • YourMomZaenus on March 31, 2017 at 7:15 am

        She probably actually read the article.

      • Denise Lusby on March 31, 2017 at 7:53 am

        READ ARTICLE

      • Anonymous on March 31, 2017 at 8:13 am

        im a fire fightere got the report and no it was on the bridge.

      • Educateyourselfb4puttingn2sense on March 31, 2017 at 9:14 pm

        In the article it states that he was all over the road, and also tried to pass a Tractor trailer ON the bridge

  11. Anonymous on March 30, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Sounds like a Darwin award winner to me..Prayers for the other driver.

  12. Anonymous WT on March 30, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    “the car tried to pass a tractor trailer while on the bridge coming into St. Mary’s County just prior to the crash”
    If this is true this person sealed their own fate and my sympathies now fall with the dump truck driver. We will probably never know what this person felt was so important they were willing to risk their life and the lives of everyone around them to save a few minutes but I would bet money it was something stupid and not worth the risk.

    • Anonymous on April 6, 2017 at 1:02 am

      People still smoke cigarettes. Self-denial is a powerful thing.

  13. Jg on March 30, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Terrible tragedy praying for the families!

  14. Kippy36 on March 30, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Why is it OK for you to post this. Someone’s family member was killed in this accident. Just because some ignorant person recorded this with their phone doesn’t give you the right to post this to your forum. Think before you post.

    • Maria on March 30, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      Amen

      • Rocky on March 31, 2017 at 5:36 am

        Right. And everyone saying “prayers for the families” quit your lying unless you personally dropped to your knees in sincerity. Hollow clichés.

    • cheryl on March 30, 2017 at 9:02 pm

      get this off the screen!!! My granddaughter just lost her best friend to an accident within sight of his home. Pictures not shown, thank goodness. Its just adding to family & friends sorrow.

      • Anonymous on March 31, 2017 at 8:30 am

        Maybe he should not have been driving like an idiot! Another moron off the road, and the citzens are that much safer.

        • Peaceful Citizen on April 1, 2017 at 9:28 am

          You are really a disturbed individual, aren’t you? or someone who just likes to stir the pot. People like you are called BULLIES! You are someone I would never want to meet because I would knock the living crap out of you and please don’t reply as you make me sick!

          • Tyler on April 2, 2017 at 12:16 am

            To Peaceful Citizen,

            HMMM. you would knock the living crap out of anonymous and you call yourself “peaceful citizen”. maybe you should look up the definition of the word “peaceful”.

          • Bob Lob Law on April 3, 2017 at 7:50 am

            Goes by the tag “Peaceful Citizen”, proceeds to threaten someone with violence. LOL

          • Anonymous on April 3, 2017 at 8:02 am

            So much for ‘Peaceful Citizen’…

      • werwe on March 31, 2017 at 10:10 am

        It wouldn’t be on your screen if you didn’t click on it

      • Bob Lob Law on March 31, 2017 at 11:58 am

        Than tell your stupid granddaughter not to click on the video WTF it’s not complicated idiot.

    • Reality on March 30, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      World doesn’t stop for you. World keeps going on regardless if you like or dislike it.

      • RockOn on March 31, 2017 at 6:02 am

        Yeah, especially in good ole St Mary’s County – Where an accident (agreed – it is terrible) not EVEN ON the bridge – will completely close the road; cutting off 20,000 people from their destinations – and re-routing everyone 40+ miles around. This creates a dual grid lock because the exchanges 20 miles north can’t handle the traffic but it gets the crowd out of their immediate hair.
        They aren’t able to handle the first response responsibilities simultaneously with the tasks of investigation and routing traffic around the scene. I agree that the saving of lives is priority #1, but after that – it would seem that some regard could be granted to the thousands of commuters that depend on traveling through that infamous “Technology Corridor” every day.
        Yet no – it’s far easier to close the entire single point access to “THE BRIDGE”. Of course the investigation of this tragedy must be thorough, particularly when there are fatalities. But looking at the scene – there sure appeared to be room to perform those duties while appeasing the horrible gobs of traffic. That bridge and the po-duck design of its donkey path to the connecting roads have been a curse since inception. But – that’s just my one cent-worth.

        • No Snowflakes on March 31, 2017 at 8:00 am

          Perhaps if you look at the photos, the truck was heading northbound, from the point of impact, drifted to the northbound shoulder before crossing over to the southbound side. Because it was a fatal accident, the accident investigators have to mark and investigate every angle of the accident. Had it happened just a bit north, they would have been able to divert traffic- but they couldn’t. Sorry snowflake that your day was interrupted, but, I would rather be delayed and let the MSP and County do a thorough job instead of appeasing a few drivers that choose to live on the other side. Grow up snowflake

          • Anonymous on March 31, 2017 at 5:16 pm

            I wish I bought stock in diaper pins a year again.
            I would be a lot closer to retirement.

        • Police Wife on March 31, 2017 at 8:50 am

          I’m glad they close the road. I don’t care about the grid lock it causes. Hardly anyone knows how to drive anymore, let alone be cautious, while emergency responders are on the scene of an accident. Emergency responders already risk their lives on a day to day basis, why should they have to do it on an accident scene just to keep the road open.

        • Anony-mouse on April 4, 2017 at 3:39 pm

          So, let me get this straight. Someone dies, and all you can whine about is how you can’t take Rt. 4 home? Take the Benedict Bridge like everyone else did, quit working over the bridge, or move to St. Mary’s. Bridge traffic sucks, but at least I was raised with enough respect to quit whining if someone is injured or has passed away.
          I was actually on that little side road shortly after the accident occurred; we were allowed to pass through at about 1245 before they 100% closed the road. What I saw was absolutely harrowing– debris from the accident a solid half mile before the actual accident. So, yes, they had to close the entire stretch in order to glean what exactly happened. I am so terribly sorry that someone dying is a little more important than you getting home at precisely 4:30. Grow up.

    • cheywolf on March 31, 2017 at 8:44 am

      Why did you read it, if it upsets you that much. You have the right to just skip right over. This is a good reminder of how quick life can change. They should show more of these, maybe it will save someone’s life. Nothing is worth losing your life over, trying to pass a dump truck killing yourself and putting everyone else’s life in jeopardy. So maybe someone who sees this will think twice next time. Remember you had the option not to click on or watch, it was all up to you.

    • Sean on March 31, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      With that mentality, The World Trade Center attacks should not have been aired until all the victims next of kin were notified?

  15. Robin Owen on March 30, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Some things shouldn’t be posted online. Would you like to see your kid or husband burn to death? Take this down.

    • Ura Douche on March 31, 2017 at 1:25 am

      I’m looking everywhere in this video and have yet to see or hear anyone burning to death. Can you point this out? No. You can’t. Take this down? Why? Did it scare you? Aw. Goto the college, they have crayons and a safe space for you.

      • Bob Lob Law on March 31, 2017 at 8:07 am

        You can ignore the fake outrage.

  16. Anonymous on March 30, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Who in their right mind, try to pass on the bridge, let alone a tractor trailer??? I hope the dump truck driver will be ok.

    • Anonymous on March 30, 2017 at 11:46 pm

      Prayers to the families and friends affected by this tragedy! No words can express the sorrow and pain caused by the stupidity of another! Then have traffic rerouted to 231 only to have another accident!!

  17. Jason Day on March 30, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    As a retired firefighter my thoughts go o7t to all involved May God help the family in the healing process that were affected by this tragedy

  18. Jason Day on March 30, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    *out

  19. Patrick on March 30, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    I don’t want to jump to conclusions but passing on the bridge tells me he was in a stupid hurry or sadly he was impaired, a tragedy all the way around.

    • Roger on March 31, 2017 at 5:43 am

      Or she….

  20. cheryl on March 30, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Anything like this should never be posted. Put yourselves in the family & friends place.

    • Kelsey May on April 3, 2017 at 8:21 am

      I have been the family of someone who made a stupid decision that cost them their life. It was all over the news/internet. As much as it pained our family to see it, we accepted the fact this thing called “freedom of the press” and chose not to click on any links regarding the situation.

      • Anonymous on April 4, 2017 at 3:58 pm

        And here you are, clicking on someone else’s.

  21. Cheryl on March 30, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Very sad this video was posted

  22. Marismae on March 30, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    This is Heartbreaking. Prayers for the whole family.

  23. J. McDowell on March 30, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes

  24. Anonymous on March 30, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Some people just don’t respect a truck smh

  25. Anon on March 30, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Why is this even on the internet? Someone is in that vehicle burning. Extremely disrespectful to the family and a low for this site for sure.

    • cheywolf on March 31, 2017 at 8:48 am

      Yet again you chose to click on and look and then want to complain… too funny

    • Anonymous on March 31, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      Stop with your outrage. The driver of the dump truck was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the car was dead on impact.

  26. KS on March 30, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    I believe it should be posted. The driver was most likely killed on impact. People need to wake up and drive sensibly. I see situations that could easily turn to this everyday. An extra 3 or 5 minutes earlier isn’t worth the risk of anyone’s life. I do feel terrible for the loved ones that are left behind, but it should have been avoided.

    • Anonymous on March 31, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      Agreed! If one person who sees the pictures/video stops and thinks before doing something stupid while driving, then posting that stuff was worth it.

      I’m guessing the people who say that this stuff shouldn’t be posted are the same people who need “safe spaces”.

    • SM on March 31, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      I agree 100%.

    • Nick on March 31, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      As horrific as some of the videos and pictures are, I agree.

  27. Dan on March 30, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Sending up my magical thinking powers in hopes that one of the Gods will accept them and intervene in the fanlies behalf.

    • Anonymous on March 31, 2017 at 8:25 am

      While I agree with your point completely, wouldn’t you agree that there are better times to make it than after someone lost their life?

    • Anonymous on March 31, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      Both of you are hellbound with that thinking you’ll see.

      • Anonymous on April 3, 2017 at 1:20 pm

        And which hell would that be?

  28. Anonymous on March 31, 2017 at 1:21 am

    Any pictures of the car after it was untangled from the dump truck.

  29. Anonymous on March 31, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Sad..but sounds like suicide. Prayers.

  30. Anonymous on March 31, 2017 at 2:28 am

    I saw pictures with no fire and responders standing around. Could the fire been prevented if those personnel had tried to do so.

    • Johnny5 on March 31, 2017 at 6:23 am

      Are you stupid? Or just stupid?

      • Bob Lob Law on March 31, 2017 at 8:08 am

        I’ll take Just Stupid for $500 Alex.

    • werwe on March 31, 2017 at 10:16 am

      I believe a village is missing its idiot. If there was no fire and responders standing around it was probably AFTER they put the fire out. DUH!

    • Anonymous on March 31, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      The fire probably started on impact 500′ prior the resting sport and the driver most likely died on impact.

      With asphalt on fire, water won’t do anything but spread it (think like a grease fire in your kitchen, but on a much larger scale).

      • BobbyDigger on March 31, 2017 at 4:22 pm

        Ive been around asphalt my whole life “36 years” and Asphalt doesn’t catch on fire…Look at the video again and it’s not the asphalt on fire rather the truck is on fire. Asphalt “HotMix” does not catch FIRE!

  31. Anonymous on March 31, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Suicide seemingly. Praying for all involved.

    • werwe on March 31, 2017 at 10:20 am

      A possibility, sure. Or just in a hurry to get somewhere misjudging the time he/she could safely pass illegally

  32. Citizen Zero on March 31, 2017 at 6:50 am

    If what witnesses say are true and that the driver that died in the accident was driving recklessly and trying to pass people on that road I have no sympathy for the driver.

    I’m actually glad that they were taken out because their idiotic ways could have hurt/killed innocent people.

    There is no passing opportunities on that section of road.

    Good riddance!

    • Jim on March 31, 2017 at 7:29 am

      Glad the video is up. Get to see the aftermath when you drive like an idiot. Hope the truck driver is ok.

    • Saturated Fat on March 31, 2017 at 7:58 am

      That’s harsh man. We are all God’s children.

      • cheywolf on March 31, 2017 at 8:51 am

        Yes we are but when you decide to play god by driving like a fool taking innocent lives its time for you to go. This person obviously had no respect for life including his/hers own. Harsh, probably the truth definitely. All I can say maybe someone who looks at this will remind them to slow down nothing is worth your life.

      • Jacob Yoder on March 31, 2017 at 9:06 am

        Yep. An God sometimes has to call some of them home, since they are not working out to well on this earth.

      • Citizen Zero on March 31, 2017 at 2:13 pm

        Not harsh at all.

        Imagine if it weren’t a large truck that was able to bare the brunt of the impact and allow the truck driver to escape relatively unscathed. Imagine it were a family of four in their small commuter vehicle. Now imagine that this idiot killed that family of four.

        Maybe, if you think about it, God was there that day. Maybe he put that truck driver there in that spot at, that particular time, so that no lives were lost except this guy.

        • BobbyDigger on March 31, 2017 at 4:18 pm

          Very true! Ive always believed this as well.

      • Heynow on March 31, 2017 at 2:25 pm

        God is a myth no such thing

        • Anonymous on March 31, 2017 at 3:55 pm

          Thank you. Finally someone else that’s not a complete jesus freak. There’s no damn such thing as “god” and the bible is a stupid lie.

          • Heynow2 on April 1, 2017 at 9:36 am

            Yes there is a God. You will see very soon.

          • Tarzan on April 2, 2017 at 6:43 pm

            It there is one it’s nothing like the fairy-tales man dreamed up to control people through fear. So many greedy bible humpers selfishly concerned for their own magic afterlife. Do good to others, animals, planet because it feels good to help and see positive change, not out of fear.

          • Bob Lob Law on April 3, 2017 at 7:56 am

            Fear mongering at it’s best here folks!

      • SMCG on March 31, 2017 at 3:03 pm

        Maybe, but that particular “child” could have killed a lot of people. I am not callous but he was stopped recently and found to be driving with a suspended license and was recently charged with possession of cds, no marijuana. Troubled at best.

    • Anonymous on March 31, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      can’t really do much when there is a dump truck on top of the car.

  33. Anonymous on March 31, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    That’s real life right there. Don’t like it? Don’t look at it. Don’t like the comments? Don’t read them. In a couple days this will be buried under other news and most will have forgotten. As is life in 2017.

  34. LEO Supporter on March 31, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    To every person who is commenting about how the videos/pictures should not be posted. What is your true complaint? What do you expect, after all, it is a news site. Correct me if I am wrong, news sites report. “A report is an informational work made with the specific intention of relaying information or recounting certain events in a widely presentable and scrutinized form. Reports are often conveyed in writing, speech, television, or film.”
    Therefore, when you come to a news site, or read reports from media, expect to often time read terrible things, and see terrible pictures, and or videos related to said terrible things. There is a solution to not being exposed to these things. Do not seek out or read news reports.
    I’m sure there are people who hated to see video footage of 9/11 on tv, I’m sure there are people who hated to see video footage of Sandy Hook on tv, I’m sure there are people who hated to see video footage of the fire resulting from the bridge collapse on I-85 in Atlanta. Just to name a few, terrible, devastating events which have been recorded and reported via news. Unfortunately, life happens. If you wish to shelter yourself from the reality of this, take part in another past time. My suggestion would be, avoiding social media, news, tv…just to name a few.
    Prayers to all involved.

  35. AliceW on March 31, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    You people need to worry about Mr Neal at 74 he wasn’t driving a three axle truck for entertainment. If that was his truck he might not have the means to replace it to earn a living as the insurance won’t cover a replacement!

    • Anonymous on March 31, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      I know the life of a truck driver and believe me I know how they struggle to make it, I hear it every day. If Mr. Neal at the age of 74 still had a CDL and passed a DOT physical he’s a hell of a man. I hope he was still licensed, but if he wasn’t the owners of the truck are in serious trouble.

      • AliceW on March 31, 2017 at 8:48 pm

        We can hope he is legal as I have a friend in his upper seventies with a CDL and medical with two artificial hips. He doesn’t use it just keeps it up in case he has to use it. But looks like Mr Neal won’t be faulted otherwise but if that was his truck he will end up working for someone else and that will hurt.

      • Anonymous on April 1, 2017 at 4:30 am

        I am a truck driver I do pretty well myself…..

      • M Dement,jr on April 1, 2017 at 7:41 am

        I feel for the dump truck driver, not your fault but you took a life. Hard to put a side, I hope he can recover from it.

        • Anonymous on April 3, 2017 at 8:18 am

          He did not take a life. The other driver took his own life, as he was the one driving reckless.

    • Anonymous on April 3, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      It wasn’t the dump truck drivers fault… at 74 and still active, I be he’s in better shade than most 20 year olds.

  36. Anonymous on March 31, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Wow this is sad, but how does the dump truck driver still have CDLs and a DOT certification at 74 years old?

    • SeaOfJoy on March 31, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      Are you serious? My father is 72 and is completely well in mind and body. He was probably in good health. There are people in their 70’s in great health.

      • Wanda on April 1, 2017 at 8:55 pm

        Exactly!!! What does age have to do with it???

    • SonjaD on April 3, 2017 at 11:22 am

      Maybe because he’s capable? Apparently, the 20 something that caused the accident shouldn’t have had driving privileges.

    • Anonymous on April 3, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Well, he passed his yearly physical test that meets DOT requirements.

  37. P on March 31, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    This guy has a hell of a lot of traffic citations. At age 29 you would think he would make wiser decisions while operating a vehicle. RIP.

  38. B Parthenopaeus on March 31, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    It is unbelievable to me that you are debating the merits of a news site showing photos. Isn’t that what they do? Maybe just skip what bothers you and say your fake prayers for the families involved. Regardless of the cause, a man is dead. Show a little respect or compassion. My god.

  39. Denise on March 31, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    PEOPLE SHUT UP! As a parent whose son crossed over from a single vehicle accident at 18 I know this well. Matter of fact my son would have been this deceased young mans age. Prayers for his loved ones, the driver of dump truck, emergency responders & all involved. Amen
    P.S. Opinions R Like A Holes Everyone Has One!

    • Roger on April 1, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      What? Go back and finish HS so we can understand what you are trying to post about.

    • Jackie H on April 1, 2017 at 5:11 pm

      Including you, now STFU and leave people alone. Prayers!

  40. Phil Conners on March 31, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Don’t drive angry!

  41. Anonymous on April 1, 2017 at 8:21 am

    The video showed NOTHING that would disrespect the families or anything. It simply showed the firefighters doing their job! Kudos to the first responders on the scene. Prayers to all involved.

  42. Taquito O'Leary on April 1, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    The deceased had quite the lengthy record as far as driving & brushes with the law. He never learned. This was bound to happen. Thankfully this idiot didn’t take any innocent victims with him. No sympathy for someone who has no respect for the safety of others on the road. We are all a little bit safer now.

    • Anonymous on April 2, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      Agreed!

    • Josh miller on April 3, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      Why do you use a fake name?

      • Frito Bandito on April 4, 2017 at 9:44 am

        Why do you think it’s fake? I’m amazed you even considered the fakery. You must be in Mensa.

  43. Chris on April 2, 2017 at 9:18 am

    I hope my grown children never care so little about life that they drive in such an irresponsible method. I am sorry that the truck driver now has this horrific memory and I hope he can recover from the financial issues as well as the nightmares that are sure to follow. Kudos to the first responders that continously seem to be peeling human remains from accident scenes lately.

  44. Anonymous on April 3, 2017 at 5:56 am

    This loser was a career criminal. The world is a better place with trash like this off the road forever.

    • Josh miller on April 3, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      LOL career criminal because of some piddly pot charges and traffic tickets for dring while suspended hardly equals career criminal..Why don’t you post your real name so we can see who you really are but you won’t because you’re scared because you would be hurt.

      • Anonymous on April 5, 2017 at 5:55 am

        Hmmm, friend of yours? LOL. Drive stupid, die stupid. BOOM!

  45. George on April 3, 2017 at 8:05 am

    What’s sad, is they neglected to report that Mr. Patton didn’t just cross the center line and strike the dump truck head on. Mr. Patton chose to pass an 18 wheeler traveling in front of him and it ended up costing him his life. This goes to show that one wrong decision could have some very serious consequences.

    My condolences to family on the loss of their loved one.

    • Josh miller on April 3, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      This site did report that at first you idiot but took it down because it wasn’t factual so stfu

      • Josh Miller is a Moron on April 5, 2017 at 9:45 am

        Just read the article, and they didnt take it down, in black and white, clear as day, it reads:
        “A witness that was traveling behind the passenger car said, ‘the car tried to pass a tractor trailer while on the bridge coming into St. Mary’s County just prior to the crash,’ they went onto say ‘the driver of the car was all over the road prior to leaving its lane and striking the dump truck head on’.”

        So the eye witness that gave that story to the cops was lying? Just made it up? And you know that, even though you werent there? Maybe you should “STFU” you idiot

  46. Josh on April 3, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Why doesn’t the publisher post their name like on every other local news site?????

    • Anonymous on April 4, 2017 at 8:36 am

      What difference does it make if the publisher’s name is on the article or not? Most of this “article” was straight from police reports. SMNewsnet was just repeating what the Sheriff’s Department said.

  47. Anonymous on April 3, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    None of you commenting TRULY KNOW exactly why this happened so stfu with your judgemental comments hopefully you lose a loved one in a fiery wreck some of you have serious issues.

    • Bob Lob Law on April 4, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      Or better yet, we’ll continue to comment, you’ll do nothing about it, and life goes on.