Name Released in Early Morning Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident in St. Mary’s County

May 8, 2017

UPDATE 5/8/2017 @ 1:45 p.m.: On Sunday, May 7, 2017 at approximately 1:40 a.m., Troopers from the Leonardtown Barrack responded to the area of Maryland Route 4, north of Fairgrounds Road, in Leonardtown, for a reported serious motor vehicle collision.

The investigation revealed, the operator, Lewis Small, 28, was operating a 2012 BMW northbound on MD Route 4, north of Fairgrounds Road in lane #1. The operator lost control of his vehicle, and crossed over the southbound lane of traffic on MD Route 4, subsequently traveling off of the roadway. While off of the roadway, the vehicle struck several trees, and then overturned. As a result, the operator and sole occupant was ejected from the vehicle.

The operator was pronounced deceased at the scene at 0150 hours by EMS Personnel from Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department.

The deceased was an active duty member of the United States Navy assigned to Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Lexington Park, MD. A representative of the U.S. Navy responded to the scene. At this time, alcohol and speed are believed to be contributing circumstances.

The accident is under investigation, anyone with information is urged to contact TFC C. Ditoto at 301-475-8955.

On Sunday, May 7, 2017, at approximately at 1:40 a.m Troopers from the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack, and Deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a motor vehicle crash, in California.

A preliminary investigation revealed a white BMW passenger car was traveling on West on Route 4/St. Andrews Church Road just prior to Fairgrounds Road, in California. For unknown reasons the BMW left the roadway and struck a utility pole, the vehicle was torn in half and the driver/single occupant was ejected from the vehicle.

Emergency personnel pronounced the driver deceased at the scene.

No details of the identity of the driver are being released a this time

Troopers from the Maryland State Police CRASH Team are investigating.

The crash remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack at 301-475-8955.

Details will be provided as they become available.


77 Responses to Name Released in Early Morning Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident in St. Mary’s County

  1. Anonymous on May 7, 2017 at 11:11 am

    No details on driver but we do have video and pics…only in St Mary’s county

    • Sean on May 10, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      They do not release Victims Name or information until the family has been notified. Are all you critical of St.Marys this stupid naturally or did you have to work on it?

  2. Ltowntaxpayer on May 7, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    You might want to blur out the license plate in that one picture.

  3. Looking on May 7, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    FYI… The License Plate should be blocked.

    • Bob Lob Law on May 8, 2017 at 7:46 am

      No, no it shouldn’t.

      • Anonymous on May 8, 2017 at 2:36 pm

        The resident troll, out from under his bridge.

        • Anonymous2 on May 9, 2017 at 5:38 am

          Then go back under the bridge, TROLL!!!!!

    • Jeanne Christensen on May 8, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      Looks like a FL License tag.

    • Cap'n Crunch on May 8, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      Why? I see them all the time when I drive on the road. You think I’m gonna go to the MVA and pay an astronomical fee to find out that it was a sailor? The fact that it was a FL eluded to the fact.

      • Bob Lob Law on May 9, 2017 at 7:54 am

        This, and the fact that the plate info will only tell you the registered owner, NOT who was driving at the time. Idiots.

      • ThatGuy on May 14, 2017 at 11:10 am


  4. Anonymous on May 7, 2017 at 9:30 pm


  5. Anonymous on May 8, 2017 at 8:34 am

    No details on the driver because they are probably pending family notification. Why blur out the tag #? There is nothing anyone can do/get by having it.

    • Bob Lob Law on May 8, 2017 at 9:56 am

      Because people want to find something to complain about before rationalizing whether or not it’s valid.

    • Looking isa Douche on May 8, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Anonymous (if that indeed is your name) the snowflakes think anyone can just run the tag to see who the owner is. In reality, not even family members would know the tag. They barely know their own tag. The family is usually notified long before the official press release, but again, the snowflakes don’t know that. They only know what they make up.

      BTW, Looking, if you don’t want to see the tag – DON’T LOOK. Don’t like a particular style of music? DON’T LISTEN TO IT. Sit down, shut up, and let the adults speak in peace. snowflakes should not be seen, nor heard.

      • Anonymous on May 9, 2017 at 6:06 am

        You’re an idiot. His friends that see him every day at work know his car. Know his license plate. Know the freemason sticker on the trunk…. don’t be so foolish to think people all over this World haven’t been affected greatly by losing him. I guess people just pay more attention than you thought when they care about somebody. And he has a whole hell of a lot of people that care.

      • Anonymous on May 9, 2017 at 2:55 pm

        What’s all this about snowflakes?

        • Bob Lob Law on May 10, 2017 at 8:11 am

          Chances are that you are one.

  6. Anonymous on May 8, 2017 at 9:35 am

    looks like a newish BMW 3 or 5 series. So which young kid took his parents new car out for a “test” drive?

  7. Parent on May 8, 2017 at 9:56 am

    The tag does not appear to be Maryland, but possibly Florida.

  8. Anonymous on May 8, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    They said the driver was Lewis Small

  9. Anonymous on May 8, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    R.I.P Lewis Small

  10. Evelyn on May 8, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    May God be with all that was involved

  11. Ura Douche on May 8, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Sounds like suicide. Drinking, driving, stupidity…. 28 is old enough to read, so I would imagine (not assume) that this child knew that drinking and driving were illegal and a bad idea. The advertisements have been around for more than 30 years.

    Lets pass a law – Single vehicle, single occupant, alcohol or drugs plus speed is ruled a suicide, not an “accident” because they did it on purpose. That way, no insurance benefits. Your loved ones would make damn certain you had a ride home if they cared about you, otherwise they wouldn’t get paid.

    That’ll teach em.

    • People suck on May 8, 2017 at 11:21 pm

      The insurance thing is true about suicide, I known from personal experience. Your point is invalid.

    • Anonymous on May 9, 2017 at 6:12 am

      It was not a suicide. It was an accident. A terrible awful accident. Alcohol was not a factor. He would never drink and drive. See how it says they suspect alcohol was involved. They are slandering his name by putting that. Making people think he was something he wasn’t.

      • Cap'n Crunch on May 10, 2017 at 5:18 am

        Yeup, that is what LE officers do. Idiot. Even if that were true, can you explain away his reckless speed? Stop pretending he was something that he wasn’t.

      • Anonymous on May 10, 2017 at 7:23 am

        Even if alcohol wasn’t involved he was going way more than a safe speed judging by the amount of damage. The speed limit on that road is 50, he might have survived if he was going that speed. The truth will come out eventually, his blood sample will tell all. I realize we all make really bad decisions sometimes but it makes me mad when people make bad decisions that have the potential to kill others. I consider those selfish bad decisions.

    • Anonymous on May 9, 2017 at 9:22 am

      You think his loved ones should be responsible for him? He was 28 years old! He makes his own decisions. His family isn’t to blame any more than you or I are.

    • Anonymous on May 9, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      If you knew what he did for this country, you would not be saying that on this comments feed.

      • Cap'n Crunch on May 10, 2017 at 5:19 am

        There are a lot of good Veterans that die everyday. What is your point?

  12. Anonymous on May 8, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Actually this guy was in my husbands command and ppl knew it was his car from tag and blue thing next to tag

    • Anonymous on May 9, 2017 at 7:43 am

      Ok. Is there a point?

      • Ura Douche on May 11, 2017 at 10:34 am

        Not really, but they felt good posting that.

  13. Nope on May 8, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Good riddance. One less nut to endanger me.

    • Anonymous on May 8, 2017 at 11:10 pm


    • Anonymous on May 9, 2017 at 6:14 am

      I hope when you die, somebody says the same thing about you.

  14. Anonymous on May 8, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    With the amount of damage to the vehicle this guy was flying. If alcohol was involved that is just suicidal on that portion of 4. If he was drunk it just doesn’t make any sense to me, there is no valid reason to drive drunk in this county with the available options (cab, friend, Uber). It is not fair to the other people on the road and to this guys family who just received the devastating news.

  15. Anonymous on May 8, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    having a BMW disintegrate like that… dude was rolling!

    • GetBack on May 10, 2017 at 7:45 am

      Nahhhhh. Most of that will buff right out.

  16. Anonymous on May 8, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    This should go without saying, but you can get a TON of information from the tag number.

    Don’t believe me? Ask a cop.

    • Anonymous on May 9, 2017 at 8:24 am

      but without asking a cop, how and what information can you get?

      • Ura Douche on May 11, 2017 at 10:35 am

        I bet you can get more from the VIN. Who cares?

  17. Franny on May 8, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Wow so sorry for his family. So young! RIP

  18. Anonymous on May 8, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    They should block out the license plate number so his family and friends didn’t have to learn he died on a news sight like alot of us ended up having to because we saw his incense plate. And it’s insulting for them to say that alcohol was a factor without knowing for a fact. He would not drink and drive. This is a devastating loss to his family and country. Thank you for your service AD1. My heart is broken and I miss you friend.

    • Jersey John on May 9, 2017 at 5:21 am

      Alcohol was a factor. We could smell it theough the pictures.

    • Mr. Meaner on May 9, 2017 at 7:48 am

      I don’t know if I would go that far. The police have done this a few times. If they are saying speed and alcohol are contributing factors, then I’m willing to bet speed and alcohol are contributing factors. Sometimes you don’t know people as well as you think you do. I was stationed with a guy that “didn’t drink”. He would never have a drink, and that was fine with everyone because then they had a designated driver when they went out. And one night he got arrested for drunk driving. When we got notified, we just thought it was a mistake and it just happened to be a guy with the same name. But the reality was, it wasn’t a mistake. Nothing surprises me anymore. Tragic events none the less, sympathies for your loss

    • Anonymous on May 9, 2017 at 9:34 am

      How do you know he wouldn’t drink and drive? The police don’t throw out random assumptions – there has to be some factual basis for them to put those findings in their report.

      Even so, look at the information presented. At 1:40am (bars closing soon), he hit a pole so hard that his vehicle split in half. That shouldn’t happen if he was going the posted speed limit. A while back some young kids in Waldorf hit a utility pole and the same thing happened to their vehicle…they were going over 90mph!

      I pray for the family of this young man. The days ahead will be difficult.

      • Anonymous on May 10, 2017 at 5:23 am

        If you think I don’t know every detail and replay it over and over in my head, You’re wrong.

        • Anonymous on May 10, 2017 at 9:36 am

          The only way you’d know every detail is if you were in the car with him. If you know every detail, why the heck was he going so fast?

          • Anonymous on May 11, 2017 at 5:14 pm

            If you have never gone one single mile per hour over the speed limit and never will, I’ll concede. If you have, then you are asking a rhetorical question.

    • Johnny5 on May 9, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Apparently he was drinking and driving and doing some serious speeding due to the amount of damage. So what’s next, he was a scholar student?

      • Anonymous on May 10, 2017 at 5:26 am

        Yes, he was an outstanding Sailor. He was a mentor to every single person he worked with. And we are all devastated.

  19. Partofhisnavyfamily on May 8, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    What’s the point of not putting his name on here when he can be identified by his license plate. Should’ve respected family and friends enough to blur it out. It was an honor to serve with Lewis Small and this is a tremendous loss to his family and country. My heart is broken and I will never forget you.

    • Jarhead on May 9, 2017 at 5:30 am

      He shouldn’t have driven drunk. Talk about respect? His family is now suffering a needless loss. His unit is short a sailor because he chose to drive while drunk and excessively speed. Look at that debris field! He was being selfish. The respectful thing would’ve been to call one of you, his “navyfamily” for a ride. Would you have answered? I don’t see a lot of esprit de corps when I drive around the base, just a lot of individual sailors.

    • Bob Lob Law on May 9, 2017 at 7:58 am

      So you’re worried about people deriving information based on a license plate tag, yet you proceed to put his name out for all the world to see. This is a special kind of stupid right here.

      • Anonymous on May 10, 2017 at 5:20 am

        His name had been posted on the website already. No need to be mean.

      • Anonymous on May 10, 2017 at 5:31 am

        It really just seems like you are trying to upset somebody when clearly they’re already heartbroken. Go away.

  20. Anonymous on May 9, 2017 at 6:29 am

    I was on that road in that area shortly after that incident. That idiot could have easily killed me. No sorrow here.

  21. Mr. Meaner on May 9, 2017 at 7:43 am

    While I agree with the general idea that just seeing the license plate is meaningless to the average person, it isn’t meaningless to anyone who knows a guy who drives a white BMW with Florida plates.

  22. JC on May 9, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Instead of blocking the license plate, they should block out all you insensitive idiots from posting the obvious. You ever stop to think his family might be reading these posts? No telling what was going on in this young mans life… I had the pleasure of working with him during his first tour 8 years ago, he was an outstanding, motivated Sailor. My condolences go out to his family and may he RIP.

    • Anonymous on May 10, 2017 at 5:32 am

      He was so great. I’m so sad he’s gone.

    • Ura Douche on May 11, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      I can only HOPE the family is reading these posts. Maybe they will take action and try to put an end to all of these senseless suicides.
      When the police, whether state or county, put ” alcohol and speed ” they cannot do that lightly because it is an official document and they are held accountable for its content. The press release reflects that document. Usually, they find evidence (bottles or cans with alcohol still in them) or they use other investigatory techniques.

  23. Old Guy on May 9, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    All of us have been foolish, unfortunately, but we survived through good fortune or perhaps grandma’s prayers. We don’t know what might have led up to his driving under the influence. There are a thousand reasons besides just momentary failure of judgement.

    For this young fellow, he’s a loss to us all. The person he might have become is lost to us and to his family. One among many who die each day unnecessarily.

  24. J. Suber on May 9, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Rest In Peace .Brother

  25. Joe Navy on May 10, 2017 at 2:11 am

    The young man involved in this accident was a dear friend of mine. We have been deployed overseas many times together defending America’s Freedom and your rights to slander his name after this tragic accident. I am sadden about my friend’s passing, but I am angry that you all can sit comfortably behind your keyboards and leave these awful comments. Where is your human dignity and respect especially for a Service Member of our Armed Forces. This man is an American Hero who put his life on the life for you everyday that he went to work. Show some respect people and let his family grieve in peace. RIP Shipmate. Semper Fidelis!

    – Chief

    • Anonymous on May 10, 2017 at 9:42 am

      I feel terrible for his friends and family that grieve this young man. I also have the utmost respect for someone who chooses to defend our country and protect the citizens. However, one thought…what if he had killed somebody that night? He put those same citizens he protects at risk by driving so recklessly that night.

    • Bob Lob Law on May 10, 2017 at 9:53 am

      Semper Fidelis is the Marine Corps motto……

    • Anonymous on May 10, 2017 at 3:57 pm

      AMEN!! RIP…

    • Anonymous on May 10, 2017 at 4:15 pm


    • Stolen Valor Candidate Above on May 11, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Confused, you put “Semper Fidelis” (which is a Marine Corps thing), and he wasn’t a Marine, which leads me to believe that you are, but then, you signed it “Chief”, and there are no Marine Corps Chiefs…

      • Bob Lob Law on May 11, 2017 at 2:20 pm

        You user name sums it up.

      • Anonymous on May 11, 2017 at 5:04 pm

        Just because it’s the Marines’ motto doesn’t mean it’s not relevant. It means “always faithful”. Not to mention the Marines are a department of the Navy and this Chief may have worked with Marines and appreciates their traditions just as much as the Navy’s. Stop trying to take away from what Chief said and feels with your erroneous comments please.

        • Anonymous on May 12, 2017 at 9:56 am

          A Chief would not use the Marine Corps’ motto when speaking about another sailor. Just because it’s over your head doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t spot an imposter a mile away.

          • What does that make me? on May 13, 2017 at 7:06 am

            Considering I am in the Navy, not to mention I have a pretty good idea which chief wrote this, I can safely say there’s no stolen valor here. When did people become so hateful? Let us grieve in peace. Semper Fortis. Semper Fidelis.

    • Anonymous on May 11, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      Everyone is held to the same standard of law no matter their occupation or standing in the community. I have nothing but respect for the men and women who defend our county. I also have no respect for people who selfishly drive drunk and recklessly putting innocent people’s lives at risk. I lost a good friend who was killed by a drunk driver. My respect and sympathy is saved for the victims of drink driving accidents. I am sorry your friend made the horrible decision to drive under the influence and recklessly that night. His decision obviously affected a large number of people including his family, friends, and coworkers. Unfortunately the only one that can be blamed for this is him.

      • Anonymous on May 13, 2017 at 7:11 am

        Nobody is trying to blame anyone else. Also, It’s still not a fact that alcohol was involved and until we get the update, y’all are just speculating because it was suspected. The type of people that would drown a person because someone on “high authority” said they might be a witch. We are just devastated by the loss of his life and people on here just can’t seem to understand that.