Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident in Huntingtown Involving Golf Cart Under Investigation

October 11, 2017

On Saturday, October 7, 2017, at approximately 9:30 p.m. members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team were dispatched to the intersection of Maryland Route 4 and Lower Marlboro Road, in Huntingtown, for a report of a pedestrian struck. Patrol units arrived with fire department personnel and confirmed that an adult male was struck by several motor vehicles on northbound Maryland Route 4.

A preliminary investigation revealed that John Lee Schneider, 62, of Huntingtown, was operating his golf cart on the roadway and entered the intersection of MD Route 4 and Lower Marlboro Road in an attempt to proceed northbound on Maryland Route 4. Schneider failed to negotiate the turn and struck the curb that provides for a merge lane for traffic entering northbound Maryland Route 4. During the collision with the curb Schneider was ejected from the golf cart onto the roadway. While lying on the roadway surface Schneider was struck by three vehicles traveling northbound on Maryland Route 4.  Two striking vehicles remaining on location, the third vehicle left the scene, but was subsequently located by a patrol deputy in a nearby shopping center. Drivers of all vehicles are cooperating with the investigation.

Schneider was pronounced dead on the scene by EMS personnel. Schneider was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where an autopsy will be performed. All involved vehicles were seized pending additional investigation.

It appears that lighting conditions in the area where the collision occurred, the fact that Schneider was wearing dark clothing and was laying on the pavement and potentially intoxicated are some of the factors that contributed to this collision.

The collision and the events that lead up to it are under investigation by Sgt. V. Bortchevsky of the Crash Reconstruction Team. Anyone with additional information regarding the collision is asked to contact the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office at 410-535-2800 or e-mail the investigator at vlad.bortchevsky@calvertcountymd.gov.

24 Responses to Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident in Huntingtown Involving Golf Cart Under Investigation

  1. Anonymous on October 11, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Wait… when did it become legal to drive a Golf Cart on the roadways in Maryland?

    • Bob Lob Law on October 11, 2017 at 10:28 am

      Who said it was legal?

      • Anonymous on October 11, 2017 at 11:27 am

        It’s called sarcasm, Bob…I thought you were better at this.

        • Bob Lob Law on October 12, 2017 at 7:31 am

          Your sarcasm game is weak and you should feel bad.

          • Gary on October 13, 2017 at 11:22 pm

            So childish, hope you dont have kids.

          • Bob Lob Law on October 17, 2017 at 8:06 am

            Just you.

  2. Anonymous on October 11, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Seizing the cars?? Is that the norm, drunk, golf cart,nighttime busy route 4 a recipe for disaster.

  3. Jason Voorhees on October 11, 2017 at 11:44 am

    I know it’s morbid but I laughed a little when I saw golf and accident

  4. Anonymous on October 11, 2017 at 5:11 pm


  5. Gary on October 11, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Beyond the bad grammar, my condolences to Mr. Schneider’s family.

    • Anonymous on October 14, 2017 at 6:39 am

      Thank you .

    • Anonymous on October 14, 2017 at 6:45 am

      Thank you

  6. alone with him again. on October 11, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Again, when there are auto accidents, or someone is transported to the hospital, with what could be serious injuries, EMS should be doing the notifications instead of the police. Why are police tasked with this? This is equating an injury or a death to . . . an arrest warrant, or a witness or suspect being interviewed. The police won’t complain if they’re coming to inform a family of a death and they get to arrest somebody at the same time. The family will think its in poor taste, but its all a days work. Who says the police are welcome at the time of death, no matter where it takes place? Everyone I have talked to about this, some are sympathetic, others are not, says the police aren’t welcome. Can’t death be sacred and elegant, like it is in some states and some countries? Don’t call the police until you’re ready. once the police are called, you’ll never be

    • Nick on October 12, 2017 at 4:55 am

      What in the hell are you talking about?

    • Anonymous on October 12, 2017 at 6:32 am

      The police are tasked, because they are an authority figure. They also may have questions that are pertinent to the individual(s) who have died. Instead, you want to subject a volunteer who may or may not be able to handle a friend/ family member who reacts violently to such notification? Get a clue.

    • Anonymous on October 12, 2017 at 7:23 am

      Because the police have authority to go on to your property for the purpose of informing the family. What if someone tries to assault the one telling them about their family or pulls a gun on them for trespassing or is on PCP and try to rip their face off. Everyone knows what a cops uniform looks like, if EMS comes knocking the person might not recognize them as someone who is allowed to be there and bad things can happen. All the cop is there to do is inform the next of kin and if they are smoking crack or beating their children with an extension chord when the cops shows up that is their own fault. I can guarantee the EMS would call the cops if they witnessed anything illegal anyway so using them would just delay the inevitable.

    • 8=======> on October 12, 2017 at 8:47 am

      What are you babbling about? If you are someone who hates the police so much that you would be angry that they showed up to break this news to you, you have major issues. A person close to you is dead, but you cant be bothered with those feelings because you are so overcome with anger at the police who are just there to give you the news. You, and the morons you have polled for this, should all seek help

    • Teacher on October 12, 2017 at 9:40 am

      I don’t quite understand why you’re using this forum to bash police for doing their job. Your diatribe has to be one of the most idiotic that I’ve seen on this site in a long, long time!

    • Anonymous on October 12, 2017 at 3:31 pm


    • Gary on October 13, 2017 at 11:19 pm

      LMAO some idiots fall for it everytime.

  7. Anonymous on October 12, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    You can’t fix stupid.

  8. William on October 12, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    so Our county commisioners allowed Cheaspeake Beach resident to drive golf carts on the road. None of the following have right of way, and doesn’t have to pay registration fees, bikes, moped, golf carts, pedestrians, four wheelers have to stay off the road. Look at the criteria a car must be, verses whats on the road I just mentioned.

    • Anonymous on October 16, 2017 at 10:28 am

      So golf carts are allowed to be on the road in Chesapeake Beach. The rest of your run-on sentence makes little sense, nor contributes to the original story.

  9. Sam Smith on October 13, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Anything driven on the road should be licensed, insured, and tagged – even bikes.