UPDATE: Drunk Driver Who Fled Scene Of Fatal Crash that Killed 27 Year-Old North Beach Woman Charged

July 24, 2019
Daniel John Burridge, 36 of Bowie

Daniel John Burridge, 36 of Bowie

UPDATE 7/24/2019: Daniel John Burridge, 36 of Bowie was issued the following traffic citations:

  • FAIL VEHICLE DRIVER IN ACCIDENT TO REPORT (BODILY INJURY, DEATH, ATTENDED VEHICLE DAMAGE, PROPERTY DAMAGE) TO NEAREST POLICE
  • FAIL OF DRIVER IN (BODILY INJURY, DEATH, ATTENDED VEHICLE, ATTENDED PROPERTY)ACCIDENT TO FURNISH REQUIRED ID
  • FAILURE TO IMMEDIATELY RETURN AND REMAIN AT SCENE OF ACCIDENT INVOLVING DEATH
  • PASSENGER AGE 16 OR MORE IN FRONT SEAT OF MOTOR VEHICLE W/O SEAT BELT RESTRAINT
  • FAILURE TO CONTROL VEHICLE SPEED ON HWY. TO AVOID COLLISION
  • RECKLESS DRIVING
  • NEGLIGENT DRIVING
  • (DRIVING, ATTEMPTING TO DRIVE) VEHICLE WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL
  • (DRIVING, ATTEMPTING TO DRIVE) VEH. WHILE IMPAIRED BY ALCOHOL

UPDATE 7/21/2019 @ 2:40 p.m.: On Sunday, July 21, 2019, at 3:59 a.m., members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team were dispatched to a report of a single-vehicle accident near Southern Maryland Blvd. in the area of West Ward Road Dunkirk.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Dodge Neon SRT was traveling southbound on Southern Maryland Blvd in the area of West Ward Road and for unknown reasons left the roadway and struck a utility pole.

The driver of the vehicle, Daniel John Burridge, 36 of Bowie, failed to remain at the scene of the crash and was apprehended nearby after a search by law enforcement personnel.

Daniel Burridge was then transported to CalvertHealth Medical Center for treatment.

A front-seat passenger in the vehicle, identified as Oriana Sherezade Motta Gaitan, 27 of North Beach, was pronounced deceased at the scene as a result of her injuries.

At this time, alcohol appears to be a contributing factor in the crash.

The collision remains under investigation by DFC. J. Hardesty 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 Jeffrey.hardesty@calvertcountymd.gov.

7/21/2019: On Sunday, July 21, 2019, at approximately 4:00 a.m., police fire, and rescue personnel responded to Route 4 and Kirksville Lane in Dunkirk, for the reported motor vehicle accident.

Police arrived on scene to find the single vehicle, a red Dodge Neon in the roadway with the passenger still in the vehicle. Police declared the passenger deceased.

Multiple witnesses reported the driver fled the scene on foot, he was described as a white male wearing shorts, no shirt and carrying a gallon of water he had just bought from the Wawa and was last seen heading towards the Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department and Safeway on W Ward Road.

It is unknown at this time if the Calvert County Sheriffs Office have made any arrests.

The collision remains under the investigation by the Crash Reconstruction Team and updates will be provided when they become available.