UPDATE: 3-Month-Old Succumbs to Injuries Sustained in Lexington Park Motor Vehicle Accident

February 8, 2019

UPDATE 2/9/2019: The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office reported that on February 9, 2019, the juvenile Emma Leigh Clarke, age 3 months, succumbed to the injuries sustained in the motor vehicle collision.

The investigation is ongoing.

UPDATE 2/8/2019: On February 7, 2019, at approximately 10:35 p.m., deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 19200 block of Three Notch Road in Lexington Park, for the reported motor vehicle collision involving three vehicles. The Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation.

A preliminary investigation determined a 2008 Honda Civic operated by Alexa Taylor Smith, age 23 of Owings, was traveling southbound on Three Notch Road in the area of King James Parkway. Smith attempted to make a U-turn at King James Parkway and was struck by a 2013 Ford Escape traveling southbound, operated by John Wesley Lonkert, age 39 of Scotland. After being struck, Smith’s vehicle entered the northbound lane where it was struck by a 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe operated by Joseph Dennis Spalding, age 58 of Hollywood.

Smith and a passenger were transported to an area trauma center, and a juvenile in Smith’s vehicle was transported to Children’s Hospital for treatment.

Lonkert was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital with incapacitating injuries.

At this time, driver error appears to be the contributing factor in the collision. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or events leading to the collision, are asked to contact Deputy First Class John Davis at (301) 475-4200 extension *8015 or by email at John.Davis@stmarysmd.com.

2/7/2019: On Thursday, February 7, 2019, at approximately 10:35 p.m., police fire, and rescue personnel responded to Three Notch Road in the area of King James Parkway in Lexington Park, for the motor vehicle accident reported serious with people trapped.

Crews arrived on scene to find a white Ford SUV, and a white Hyundai Santa Fe in the roadway, and a red Honda Civic off the roadway with 3 patients trapped and one unconscious.

Firefighters from Ridge, Valley Lee, and NDW Fire Dept. from Webster Field extricated three patients in approximately 30 minutes.

Due to weather, no medevac helicopters were flying.

Two adult patients from the Honda were transported by ambulances to area trauma centers, and one infant was taken by ambulance to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital with CPR in progress.

One patient from another vehicle was taken to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital with minor injuries, and at least one patient signed a care refusal form on the scene.

Witnesses reported the Honda Civic was traveling Southbound on Three Notch Road when for unknown reasons it crossed the center line and struck the Hyundai Santa Fe in the Northbound Lane. The Hyundai was then struck by the Ford SUV who was traveling Southbound.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation.

Updates will be provided when they become available.



31 Responses to UPDATE: 3-Month-Old Succumbs to Injuries Sustained in Lexington Park Motor Vehicle Accident

  1. Juan on February 8, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    I pray the good lord was looking out for them…

    • YourMomZaenus on February 10, 2019 at 7:43 am

      I guess the good lord steered her car into a U turn when there was traffic coming from both directions. RIP Emma Leigh.

  2. lisa on February 9, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    any news yet prayers for all invovled

    • Anonymous on February 10, 2019 at 7:01 am

      Updates at the beginning of the article…

    • Anonymous on February 10, 2019 at 7:40 am

      The baby passed :(

  3. somdgirl on February 10, 2019 at 3:05 am

    I was on my way home when I saw the blocked road. Had to turn around,it was blocked for hours. I had a bad feeling someone may have died. So tragic and heartbreaking to see the poor babygirl didn’t make it.

    Rest in peace, sweetheart!

  4. Anonymous on February 10, 2019 at 3:24 am

    37,000 dead on U.S. highways in 2017.

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2019 at 10:20 am

      maybe we should ban cars instead of guns.

  5. AliceW on February 10, 2019 at 6:28 am

    Trying to perfect a U turn at 10:30 at night on the most dangerous road in the county with no street lights and with a 3 month old. No mention if the 3 month old was secured in a car seat, properly secured to the car seat belts and if any turn signals were used. Obviously the 23 year old wasn’t looking out the window, assuming the other two drivers had their lights on, but the bottom line is there is no law that says you had the right of way! Not to mention if the car had insurance, a valid drivers license for the driver, or if current paper work was in the car for all those requirements. Hopefully a cellphone was not in use.

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2019 at 12:48 am

      Did you miss the part that stated she was hit by another southbound car and pushed into the north bound traffic, causing that car to hit her car!

      • Anonymous on February 11, 2019 at 10:21 am

        The civic tried doing a U-Turn and was hit… pushed into another car. Civic at fault.

      • Bebop on February 11, 2019 at 6:49 pm

        As she stop in the lane of travel with no dedicated left turn lane to make the U turn.

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2019 at 3:43 am

      Baby dies. Bottom line is there isn’t a law that said she had the right away?

      Bottom line is who cares about legislation when you just killed your child.

    • Anonymous on February 13, 2019 at 9:28 am

      What is the purpose of your comment? Stop phishing for info to start something. She was making a U-turn, did not yield right of way to the other vehicles, was hit twice and suffered a tremendous loss because of her actions. The baby probably was in a car seat and being hit by 2 vehicles will do some serious damage. You made this statement like the girl intentionally caused the accident and then had to nerve to question if the driver had a valid driver’s license, if the car was insured or if the current paperwork was in the car! I wonder if you have a valid driver’s license, if your car is insured and do you have the current paperwork in your car? Please stop placing blame without known facts!

  6. Anonymous on February 10, 2019 at 7:22 am

    We’re any drug and alcohol screens done????

  7. Diane on February 10, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Baby Emma passed away! I couldn’t even imagine the pain they must be going through

  8. Anonymous on February 10, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Whose at fault? How did another southbound car hit the car making the U turn?

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2019 at 8:48 am

      I would imagine she pulled on the shoulder so it would give more area to make the U turn

    • YourMomZaenus on February 11, 2019 at 12:09 pm

      Sounds like she pulled onto the shoulder, possibly into the King James Rd entrance, to get a wide turning radius.

    • Bill on February 11, 2019 at 12:39 pm

      Sounds like the U-turn driver pulled into King James Parkway deceleration lane to allow a lot of room to make the u-turn. The driver behind the u-turn driver would have assumed that assumed she was going to keep pulling into King James. When she turned from the turn lane on the right side back across 235 the SB driver didn’t have time to react to that.

    • Anonymous on February 12, 2019 at 8:04 am

      Honda Civic… tried making a U-Turn into oncoming traffic.

  9. Joan on February 11, 2019 at 5:33 am

    I can’t imagine their loss

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2019 at 1:52 pm

      who’s kid?

  10. Anonymous on February 11, 2019 at 10:24 am

    who’s the baby related to?

  11. Anonymous on February 12, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    you all need help. this story is wrong and so are all of your opinions.

  12. TW on February 12, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Sometimes an accident is just that, an accident. If they could, I am sure everyone involved would go back and try to do everything they could to prevent it from happening. The hateful comments aren’t necessary. There is a family grieving the loss of a child. Please be respectful, pray for them and move on with your day feeling grateful that you are able to do so.

    • Roger on February 14, 2019 at 4:40 am

      Could say the same about your comment.

  13. Anonymous on February 12, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    the comments are so mean. I am the mother of that baby. I would never put her in harm’s way. the facts of this article are wrong and the investigation is still on going for a reason

  14. Anonymous on February 13, 2019 at 7:02 am

    AMEN TW, AMEN! People have more respect for everyone involved and their families. This could of easily been any of us.

  15. Linda Tippett on February 13, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    The comments and name calling and etc. are so hateful. I know this family and they are hurting and grieving terribly over the loss of their sweet Emma. I hate that the media puts this stuff out there with no concerns for the family, victims and etc. You people hide behind being anonymous wont even publish your names because you most likely are the one covering up something or an alcholic or addict!! Why would you even question any of this and why would you even question license and insurance?? You people have some serious issues and need help!!! PRAY GOD nothing like this ever happens to you. If it does you can sit back and read all these horrible comments complete strangers are making about you and your family!!

    • Roger on February 14, 2019 at 4:42 am

      Accountability. The American people are tired of the lack of accountability so you’re seeing more comments that appear to be harsh when in reality, the public is attempting to hold someone accountable.

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