UPDATE: 3-Month-Old in Waldorf Killed by Drunk Driver

May 10, 2018

UPDATE 5/10/2018 @ 2:30 p.m.: On Thursday, May 10, 2018, at approximately approximately 2:00 p.m., the 3 month old male succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Anyone who may have witnessed or who has information regarding the above mentioned incident is asked to contact Cpl. Justin Zimmerman of the Maryland State Police Crash Team at (301) 392-1231 or email at Justin.Zimmerman@maryland.gov. Callers may remain anonymous.

The investigation is continuing and being investigated by Corporal J. Zimmerman of the Maryland State Police Crash Team. (Case # 18-MSP-019304)


5/7/2018: On Monday, May 7, 2018, at approximately 3:50 p.m., Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded to a reported motor vehicle collision in the area of Rt. 301 and Pierce Rd., in Waldorf.

Due to the seriousness of the collision, members from the Maryland State Police Crash Team and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division (CVED) responded to the scene to assist.

Upon arrival, Troopers determined a white Nissan truck, was stopped for the red traffic signal on southbound U.S. Rt. 301 in lane 3 at Pierce Road. A blue Jeep Wrangler, was traveling behind the Nissan slowing to come to a stop. A yellow Freightliner (Penske) box truck, was also traveling southbound behind the Jeep Wrangler. Witnesses advised the Freightliner truck struck the rear of the Jeep Wrangler which was forced into the side of the Nissan. The Freightliner truck then collided into the rear of the Nissan truck.

Troopers made contact with the driver of the Freightliner truck, Michael Maurice Ford, 49. While talking with Ford, the odor of alcohol was detected coming from his breath. Ford was put through Standardized Field Sobriety, which he failed, placed under arrest and transported to the Barrack for processing.

The driver, Victoria Lynn Willett, 25, and the front seat passenger, Jonathan Evans Reufly, 30, of the Jeep Wrangler received minor injuries, and were treated on scene by medical personnel and released. The backseat passenger, a 3 months old, received life threatening injuries. Emergency Services Technicians, assessed his injuries and transported him to MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center for further treatment. He was then transported via Medivac Helicopter Trooper 7 to the Children’s National Medical Center located in Washington D.C for further treatment.

The driver of the Nissan, John Fitzgerald Neal, 51, and the front seat passenger, Momodou Lamin Loppy, 49, both were treated by medical personnel on scene and released with minor injuries.

Anyone who may have witnessed or who has information regarding the above mentioned incident is asked to contact Cpl. Justin Zimmerman of the Maryland State Police Crash Team at (301) 392-1231. The investigation is continuing and being investigated by Cpl. J. Zimmerman.

65 Responses to UPDATE: 3-Month-Old in Waldorf Killed by Drunk Driver

  1. Zinger on May 8, 2018 at 5:03 am

    The does not appear to be the first time he’s had a run in with the law over alcohol or drugs. 49 years old….

    • Anon on May 8, 2018 at 8:54 am

      I wasn’t too far behind the accident since first responders passed me to get to the scene. What I do know is that traffic was jacked for a long time and a lot of people were inconvenienced for hours trying to get home. POS Penske driver M Ford needs to be locked up for a long time. Prayers that infant recovers quickly from injuries.

      • Jordan on May 9, 2018 at 6:28 am

        Sorry for your “inconvenience”, a 3 month old baby received life threatening injuries, I think a little inconvenience of a traffic delay, compared to what that family is going through is pathetic

      • Anon on May 10, 2018 at 2:59 pm

        What a ridiculous comment to make when a child has died.

        • Paul on May 11, 2018 at 2:29 pm

          I think Anon was speaking about the inconvenience and heartbreak the drunk driver caused, and not being petty about traffic.

        • Janna on May 11, 2018 at 9:51 pm

          Your choice of words are ridiculous. His parents are grieving because of a drunk driver. Inconvenienced? My prayers are for the parents and family of the sweet angel. They are also for this madness to stop.

      • Caitlin on May 10, 2018 at 3:29 pm

        what a heartless thing to say. pretty selfish of you to worry about your “inconvenience” when this families world just ended.

      • Michele Mathis on May 11, 2018 at 9:51 am

        The baby died because some selfish asshole decided to drive drunk! It should never be called an inconvenience when innocent lives are injured or lost!!! Seriously have some compassion!

      • Anon on May 11, 2018 at 11:28 am

        Stop attacking the author of the comment. They offered prayers for the infant and a lock up for the drunk driver. Your attacks make you no better.

      • Martin Kuc III on May 11, 2018 at 11:40 am

        Nah he needs to die as well, he destroyed a young familys life. Dont waste our money on keeping that POS locked up.

      • Marsha on May 11, 2018 at 7:19 pm

        You must be a vain person. You care more about the time it cost you instead of a poor innocent baby being dead. My father taught us you have more time than lives. So you must be one that passes on the right, goes over speed limit and ignore yield signs. Very sad.
        Prays for the family for their loss, heaven has a new lil angel.

  2. werwe on May 8, 2018 at 7:50 am

    I hope the baby pulls through.

  3. Different Shawn on May 8, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Alcohol again. As long as alcohol is legal to buy and consume, these incident will continue to happen. We couldnt possibly expect people to behave and be responsible, so we need to get rid of alcohol.

    Am I doing it right?

    • Anonymous on May 10, 2018 at 9:02 pm

      They will never get rid of alcohol. WHat they need to do is have a breath test installed in vehicles, so if you don’t pass you can’t start the car.

    • Anonymous on May 10, 2018 at 10:07 pm

      I concur

    • jim s on May 11, 2018 at 6:14 am

      why stop there? people cant seem to get that whole driving thing down so we should get rid of cars too. people burn themselves with hot coffee and then sue mcdonalds. we should get rid of hot coffee because people are too stupid not to hold burning hot liquid in the vicinity of their crotch.

    • Martin Kuc III on May 11, 2018 at 11:41 am

      Yes you are, alcohol kills hundreds everyday! Why are peopled allowed to go out willy nilly and buy drinks that destroy lives???

  4. MikeinMorganza on May 8, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Any updates on that baby boy?

  5. Anonymous on May 8, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Baby did not make it

    • Carole Parker on May 8, 2018 at 5:31 pm

      How does this anonymous reader know?

      • Paul on May 11, 2018 at 2:31 pm

        I saw an update that confirms what Anonymous said.

    • Anonymous on May 8, 2018 at 6:48 pm

      The baby is still alive I am personal friends with the mom and dad actually pretty close to them. Do not post a reply if you do not know the facts .

    • Anonymous on May 8, 2018 at 8:12 pm

      Who said the baby didn’t make it?

    • Anonymous on May 8, 2018 at 11:07 pm

      Please be careful what you post. At this time the baby is alive. The parents do not need to read incorrect rumors.

      • Derpa Derpa Muhammed Jihad on May 9, 2018 at 4:33 pm

        Really? I agree with the over all point, but your response is asinine. Why would they be on here reading comments? I am picturing it now. The parents are sitting there. Comforting each other. Reading SMNN. And they read a comment from an anonymous internet reader that their child didnt make it. They panic, and run to see the baby, to verify this comment on the internet. Seriously?

        • Joe Momma on May 10, 2018 at 3:43 pm

          Well said – I seriously doubt they were relying on comments from the Internet with regards to the condition of their child. If they weren’t at the hospital, then at least they’d have direct contact with them. Don’t be ridiculous.

        • AJ on May 11, 2018 at 7:23 am

          Ooooor other people see the comments on here and the parents, sitting at their child’s bedside clinging to the hope that he will pull through, keep getting phone calls and texts saying “sorry for your loss” because the moronic readers of SMNN post things when they have no ide what they are talking about. Hens the word “rumor”….

          • Nice try AJ, A for effort, F for execution on May 14, 2018 at 7:59 am

            Then maybe it should not have initially read “the parents should not have to READ incorrect rumors”. Which is significantly different from “the parents should not have to keep getting messages regarding unconfirmed and incorrect internet rumors”.

    • Karlee Winzenburg on May 9, 2018 at 10:52 am

      That is not true! Mind your business if you don’t know what you are talking about!!

    • Karlee Winzenburg on May 9, 2018 at 10:52 am

      That is not true. Mind your business if you don’t know what you are talking about!!

  6. Anonymous on May 8, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Has this been confirmed by authorities or just speculation? Heartbreaking if true…

  7. Ashley on May 8, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    The baby is still alive. I am personal friends with the parents. Actually pretty close please do not reply to a comment with incorrect facts.

  8. Anonymous on May 8, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    The baby has not passed yet

    • Derpa Derpa Muhammed Jihad on May 9, 2018 at 4:41 pm

      Yet? Is that your expectation? Its only a matter of time? Maybe you need to word it better, after reading the comments above, its possible the family may be reading those words, and that will be heart breaking for them…

  9. Anonymous on May 8, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    Are we sure that the baby didn’t make it.? Also he never had an issue with alcohol THAT HE HAS BEETROUBLE
    He has never had a DWI OR ANYTHING. Speak things you know.

    • Mj on May 9, 2018 at 11:04 pm

      My comment is to the person that blames the alcohol, and then I will get to the last entry 5/8 11:18. Ok, first a person has to pick up the alcohol, and drink it. So banning alcohol does nothing. Heroin is illegal, but its the country’s largest problem. So we need people to change, not more laws. And to the 5/8 11:18 comment, you said speak things you know, but you cant even speak grammatically correct English. So why take it to heart. If u know the truth, that’s all that matters. Other people’s opinion shouldn’t matter to you. Love by God’s standards. Not your society fed views

      • SMH on May 14, 2018 at 8:03 am

        To the person that posted on 5/9 11:04, you need to change the battery on your sarcasm detector…

      • Anonymous on May 14, 2018 at 12:49 pm

        The person who blamed the alcohol was being sarcastic. There is a commenter on smnewsnet (Shawn) that keeps saying guns should be banned so people won’t get shot anymore.

    • Anonymous on May 10, 2018 at 4:36 pm

      Sorry, but yes he has. Those records are available to the public.

    • Anonymous on May 12, 2018 at 2:00 pm

      Yes he did have a current and previous issue. You know that he had a couple of hit and runs in dc.
      You said it out of your mouth. You also contributed to this accident but not being a wife and stepping up
      And making him get help. He has been in and out of rehab 7-8 times. You lied for him to his job. If I were the family of this
      Poor innocent child whose life was taken out by a drug addicted alcoholic person I would sue his job and
      Police dept for letting his dirty tail walk the streets I would also sue him and you as his wife for everything he has which is not a lot but would teach him and you a lesson. You and he deserve all the awful things that will come your way very soon.

      • No name on May 13, 2018 at 6:26 am

        I am friends with the wife and I know you need to check your laws that protect the rights of people that have these kind of problems. She did try to get help but they would help because he has right, his job knew, if the officer could smell they couldn’t. How you going to blame her. You don’t know what she might have been going through, don’t you dare go for her. This as you all said was a problem before her this is his mother and families fault. But he has never drove and drunk before. You all have done your homework and you said he done something in his past but it seems you didn’t say he drove drunk. Check out the piss poor mother who made his life hell and didn’t know her place it started ther. Not the wife, you don’t know weather wife tried to get help for him or what her story is you just assume like people do. Yes this is the truth and tragedy but stop Pointing fingers at the people you don’t know. As I stated I know her and you were totally wrong I’m not getting into specifics but again you will claim you looked everything up you did you do what everybody else does you just talk and not knowing anything if anything you need to be quiet and stop thinking you know everything and attend to your own lives and let God work this out because we all have send and fall short and no one has a hell I have an a put anybody in the Bible says judge not been achieved so just pray for everybody involved is that speaking about things you don’t know you don’t know if the wife is praying for the family you don’t know what or how she feels but this is not her responsibility Again you need to look back it is piss poor mother and put the blame where it lives because she had him she raised him as she made them like this not the wife and you’re trying to hold her hostage do something she doesn’t have any control now and I know for a fact she did go to try to get out but because of people like you and your stupid laws you trying to not make her pay for the mistake of his mother and his P again you need to look back it is piss poor mother and put the blame where it lives because she had him she raised him as she made them like this not the wife and you’re trying to hold her hostage to something she doesn’t have any country now and I know for a fact she did go to try to get out but because of people like you and your stupid laws you trying to not make her pay for the mistake of his mother and his family. You don’t even know if they were together when he did this you just took it because you’re angry about something be angry but pray about it and stop pointing fingers at her.

        • Anonymous on May 15, 2018 at 7:35 pm

          Do you personally know this guy’s mother? Know her well? If not, then you are a hypocrite! In your statement, you say that people need to stop finger pointing – that’s exactly what you’re doing!

  10. J on May 9, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Prayers for the baby and the family. I know it’s human instinct to want to know everything however, if you are not the family or a spokesperson for the family you should refrain from posting any information, whether it be true or not. I would hate for something like this to happen to my family and then have to read the untrue comments or have friends or family read the comments.

  11. Aron on May 9, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    If you don’t know than post as a question like i heard blank is this right! I was there and help till rescue squad got there i just wont to know how he is doing not a bunch of incorrect speculation or argument over what happened nun of that matters to me. so is the baby still fighting???

  12. Kim on May 9, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    I just said a prayer for your baby. Please god take care of this family. I don’t know your pain.

    • Obsidian on May 11, 2018 at 8:04 am

      Someone who prays should know that it is spelled with a capital G.

      • Anonymous on May 14, 2018 at 12:51 pm

        What difference does it make? He’s not real.

  13. Punisher on May 9, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    But the stupid ass was drunk anyways. Whether or not he has never had a dwi, he almost killed a kid.. so shut up

  14. Thomas Hudgins on May 10, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Please keep your comments to yourselves as we work through all of this. Thank you,

  15. Ann Matthews on May 10, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Prayers for the loss of a baby boy RIP

  16. Anonymous on May 10, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Just read where the baby has succombed to his injury. Sorry for the family loss.

  17. Melissa on May 10, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Prayers to this poor family experiencing such a tragic loss.

  18. Anonymous on May 10, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    I was coming up 301 Monday and I was saying was it doesn’t seem right and I hope theres no kids involved….. I pray for parents

  19. Anonymous on May 10, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    So VERY sad all the way around…Dear God be with this family…Amen

  20. Nick on May 10, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    This is such a terrible tragedy.

    Anyone who drinks and drives has turned their vehicle into a weapon.
    They should be charged with murder when someone is killed.
    Attempted murder if someone is maimed.

    When will the judicial system start locking these drunks up?

    My condolences to the family.

  21. Anonymous on May 10, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    If the legislators in this area are not going to cooperate with me on this issue, at least meet me 1/2 way. Why not sponsor legislation that makes it at the officer’s discretion to give drunk drivers a ride home when they’re stopped, instead of automatically arresting them? I can always be persuaded, if I’m given a good reason. Traffic tickets are at officer’s discretion, but rides aren’t??

    • SMH on May 14, 2018 at 8:06 am

      I know man, and it should be up to discretion of the cops on when to arrezt murderers and when to let them get away with it. Nothing will make our judicial system more efficient than discretionary policing.

      Or, maybe this, why not drive drunk?

    • Anonymous on May 14, 2018 at 12:55 pm

      What??? If the morons who drink and drive know the police may not arrest them, but bring them home, they have absolutely no incentive to stop this illegal behavior! I don’t want my tax dollars going to a cop turned uber driver. Your comment is completely idiotic.

  22. Anonymous on May 10, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    My Deepest condolences go out to the Family..
    God Bless you ALL

  23. Monica on May 11, 2018 at 8:33 am

    So sorry for the loss of the baby. May God be with the parents, friends and family, my sincerest condolences. Rest in Peace little Angel.

  24. MikeinMorganza on May 11, 2018 at 10:23 am

    My heart goes out to that family. Hopefully the judge hammers this drunk.

  25. Jessica on May 11, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Prayers to the family <3

    To anyone who drinks, please use this tragedy as an example to follow the simple common sense law of not drinking and driving !

    X O X O

    • SMH on May 14, 2018 at 8:08 am

      People dont learn the lesson until its too late for them. Just reality

  26. HeartbrokeninMD on May 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

    I am so heartbroken for the beautiful family that lost their handsome son.
    My heart aches and I cannot stop thinking about them.
    This is not fair and I really hope they put that drunk away for life.
    This will not bring the baby boy back I know but it will bring justice.
    He should have not have been drinking and driving.

    Rest in peace, beautiful baby boy.
    Continuing prayers for the beautiful family.