UPDATE: Names Released in Double Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident in Hughesville

April 16, 2017

UPDATE 4/16/2017 @ 11:50 A.M.: On April 15, 2017 at approximately 10:55 p.m., Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded to a personal injury motor vehicle collision on northbound Leonardtown Road north of Cracklingtown Road.

A preliminary investigation conducted by Troopers indicates that a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling northbound on Leonardtown Road north of Cracklingtown Road when it was struck in the rear by a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban, which witnesses reported was traveling at a high rate of speed. Following the initial collision, the Suburban traveled off the right side of the roadway and over several embankments. The Suburban continued into a wooded area where it struck several trees as well as a telephone pole which it severed. The Suburban then overturned and caught fire. Four  passengers were able to escape the Suburban and were assisted in doing so by witnesses, one of whom suffered minor burns during their effort to assist.

The four passengers who escaped the Suburban were transported to D.C Children’s Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Prince George’s Hospital Center by Maryland State Police Aviation Command helicopters Trooper 2 and Trooper 7 for treatment of their injuries. The operator and passenger in the Grand Cherokee were also injured and transported by ambulance to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center for treatment.

As a result of injuries sustained in the collision and resulting fire, the driver and front seat passenger of the Suburban were pronounced dead at the scene.

The deceased were identified as Michael Lee Simms, 49, of Linden, Virginia and Lashawnia Inez Hagan, 49, of Waldorf.

They were both transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsy.

Investigators conducted multiple interviews and collected evidence on scene. As a result of their findings, speed, driver error and alcohol are believed to be the causes of this collision.

La Plata Barrack personnel were assisted on scene by the Maryland State Police CRASH Team and Deputies from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, personnel from the Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department, the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department, the Benedict Volunteer Fire Department, the Charles County Rescue Sqaud, the Charles County Department of Emergency Services EMS Division, the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad and Dentsville EMS provided assistance as well.

This investigation is being continued by Corporal J. Zimmerman, a Collision Reconstruction Specialist assigned to the Maryland State Police CRASH Team.

Anyone who may have witnessed or who has information regarding this collision is asked to contact the La Plata Barrack Duty Officer at (301) 392-1200 and reference case number 17-MSP-015718.

4/16/207: The Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack is investigating a two vehicle fatal collision on Leonardown Road at Cracklingtown Road in the Hughesville area of Charles County.

Northbound lanes were shut down as Troopers conducted an on scene investigation.

Troopers from the La Plata Barrack are being assisted by the Maryland State Police Crash Team and Deputies from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.

At this time two fatalities have been confirmed.

Further information will be provided as the investigation continues and additional information becomes available.

 



19 Responses to UPDATE: Names Released in Double Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident in Hughesville

  1. Anonymous on April 16, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Impaired drivers are absolute scum.

  2. Roger on April 16, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    They’re missing now but, I’m willing to bet there were some chrome wheels on that Burban. There is no reason for these clowns to be flying up and down the roads. Go through there from 0530-0700 and you’ll catch all sorts doing 70+ m.p.h.

  3. Dirk on April 16, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Bye Lashawnia!

  4. Anonymous on April 17, 2017 at 4:35 am

    Another drunk is off the road forever. Win win.

  5. Anonymous on April 17, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Unfortunately this is the only way some people learn not to drink and drive. The driver learned the hard way and paid the ultimate price.

  6. Anonymous on April 17, 2017 at 9:43 am

    IF I am reading it right, I hope the driver of the Grand Cherokee is charged with 2 counts of Murder and their passenger is charge with being an accomplish.

    • Bob Lob Law on April 18, 2017 at 9:44 am

      An accomplish huh?

    • Anonymous on April 18, 2017 at 10:55 am

      You are reading it wrong “A preliminary investigation conducted by Troopers indicates that a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling northbound on Leonardtown Road north of Cracklingtown Road when it was struck in the rear by a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban, which witnesses reported was traveling at a high rate of speed.”. Unless you are suggesting the person that was hit in the rear by the speeding drunk is responsible.

    • gk on April 18, 2017 at 11:48 am

      You are most definitely reading the series of events incorrectly.

    • wondering on April 18, 2017 at 5:14 pm

      You need to read it again and again and maybe again.

    • Read on April 18, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      The Suburban caused the accident.

    • itsjustme on April 19, 2017 at 12:48 am

      No, you are not reading it right. The Grand Cherokee got rear-ended by the presumably impaired driver of the Suburban. I don’t know how you would get from that to her being responsible for the deaths. The suburban was also reported to drive erratically and at a high speed just prior to the accident. It looks like the only person responsible for the accident is Mr Simms.

    • Roger on April 19, 2017 at 1:20 am

      Because they got rear ended by the Burban? You’re an idiot.

    • momof2 on April 19, 2017 at 8:45 am

      You’re an idiot.

  7. Jack Wagon on April 17, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Oh, awesome. lets go drive drunk with a kid in the car. What could POSSIBLY go wrong? Too bad this idiot wasn’t the only one that died. The jerk took a passenger with him.

  8. Anonymous on April 19, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    can we say… sweet justice? Now he can’t go out and do that again.

  9. A Friend on April 22, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    I know the accident was is fault. He was a friiend of mines and I feel that it is tragic how people are so heartless. Was it wrong YES but the price he paid I feel was to great.you will be missed Mike and Lashawnia

  10. Dawn Woodard on April 24, 2017 at 1:15 am

    The driver was my cousin who was like a brother to me. Yes he was wrong for driving after he had been drinking but how could you all be so heartless. People died. Yes everyone who was in the car with the exception of the child made a choice to get in the car but none of them deserved this. The are hurt badly and scared for life.

    I bet everyone on this page has done something that could have caused their death or the death of someone else. Have you had unprotected sex? If so does that mean that you should get aids and die. Well I hope not. For someone to wish death on another human is cruel. I see why the world is in such a uproar – because of people like you all. I pray that something like this never happens to one of your loved ones.

  11. Anonymous on April 25, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Wow. Some of these responses are cold hearted. No one on this GOD green earth is perfect. I see why the world is cold now. Becareful to pass judgement on anyone especially in this capacity because you will be judge the same or to an even higher status. May their souls rest in peace and may the others injured be healed mentally in physically.