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.




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

  1. Anonymous on July 21, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    What’d the vehicle hit or get hit by?

    • Anonymous on July 21, 2019 at 12:59 pm

      Hit the telephone pole !

      • Anonymous on July 21, 2019 at 5:42 pm

        Did the telephone survive?

        • Family friend. on July 23, 2019 at 11:41 am

          Asshole. My friend’s daughter died in that crash. She has a seven-year-old son. So watch your insensitive comments

          • Anonymous on July 23, 2019 at 10:36 pm

            Then why is she out drinking at 4 AM? Run with dogs, you get fleas.

          • Anonymous on July 24, 2019 at 12:02 pm

            Dear family friend. Please know I am truly sorry for her loss of life, leaving behind a 7 year old son. My son also lost his dad when he was 7 years old. My prayers to all who knew and loved her.

          • Anonymous on July 25, 2019 at 6:52 am

            I am so sorry that this little boy has lost his Mom and your friend lost her daughter. May she rest in peace.

          • Beth on July 25, 2019 at 7:02 am

            I am so sorry for the lost of your loved one may she rest in peace. I will keep her family and her son in my prayers.

          • Beth on July 25, 2019 at 7:05 am

            I spelled a word wrong it should read I am sorry for the loss of your loved one.

      • Anonymous on July 24, 2019 at 11:25 am

        The telephone pole had been drinking and jumped out in front of him.

    • Lips on July 21, 2019 at 5:09 pm

      I thought they said a utility pole

  2. Debbie on July 21, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    Shame on the driver. Prayers to the family of the deceased.

    • Anonymous on July 21, 2019 at 7:26 pm

      No, the car got hit by a fleeing drunk. Know what you’re talking about.

      • Donna on July 22, 2019 at 10:08 am

        NO…..the dumbass drunk driver hit a utility pole killing his passenger and then fled the scene! GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!!!!!!

    • Anonymous on July 21, 2019 at 10:29 pm

      Burridge was cited for driving his 2011 Chevy Camaro northbound on Rt. 5 near Cracklingtown Road at 93 mph in a 55-speed zone by Charles County Patrol Officer Corey Caywood on July 29, 2017, at 5:06 pm. Burridge got a plea deal in Charles County District Court when he entered a guilty plea and was given a verdict of Probation Before Judgement on Oct. 20, 2017. A second charge of driving in a race resulted in a verdict of not guilty. Charles County States Attorney Anthony Covington should have to explain how he let off a numbskull like this guy with such an easy outcome when he was driving at such a high rate of speed on a busy road like Rt. 5 during rush hour. States Attorneys can do as they please with all charges in Maryland. Burridge hired attorney Andrew Vladimir Jezic to work the deal with Covington.

      Burridge entered a guilty plea in Charles District Court to driving while suspended on Sept. 20, 2010, and was given a verdict of Probation Before Judgement. THE DEAL: Burridge was fined $100 and no jail time and all of the fine was suspended.

      Daniel John Burridge was arrested for DWI by St. Mary’s Sheriff Deputy Elizabeth O’Conner on January 18, 2004, as he operated a 1996 Chevy on Rt. 5 at Braxton Way in St. Mary’s County, Md. In a plea deal with St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz on April 30, 2004, in St. Mary’s Circuit Court, Burridge entered a guilty plea. THE DEAL: Burridge was sentenced to six months in jail with all of the jail time suspended except for four days and was allowed to serve the jail time on weekends. Two years of probation was part of the deal.

      • None on July 22, 2019 at 11:06 am

        He will serve 18 months minimum, hopefully gets more, for this. No one gets out of a manslaughter charge. 18 months doesn’t seem like a long time for a life, but that seems to be the trend for a sentence for this.

      • Busy on July 24, 2019 at 12:57 pm

        Holy crap get a life – I wish I had your free time!

      • Anonymous on July 27, 2019 at 5:44 pm

        I hope he never drives again. HE KILLED MY DAUGHTER AND LEFT ORFANT MY GRAND SON AND HE NEEDS TO PAY FOR HIS CRIME. I hope he never see again the day light

    • "Prayers to the family!" on July 22, 2019 at 5:53 am

      Sounds more like a toast, rather than any type of “genuine” prayer request.

      “…to the family…” Here here!

  3. Buttface on July 21, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    That’s the same thing I was wondering about. The Wawa sign is still I texted!

    • Buttface on July 21, 2019 at 1:59 pm

      Intact

  4. Bebop on July 21, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    See above article.

  5. DiDi on July 21, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    That is just awful! Damn

  6. Anonymous on July 21, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Nice guy! Your passenger gets killed and you leave the scene!
    And you made sure you took that gallon of water, didn’t you?

    Heartless SOB! I hope they throw the book at you when they find you!
    And they will find you!

  7. Ct on July 21, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    I hope he is charged with vehicular manslaughter. For someone it take off, and leave the passenger to die because of the injuries you caused, they need to be locked up for a very long time

  8. Wiggy on July 21, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Hang em from his sack!!!

  9. Laurie on July 21, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    WOW…Take a look at Daniel Burridge criminal case record for the state of Maryland. With all of his previous DUI’s in the past 10 yrs….Maybe now he will get locked up for vehicular
    manslaughter…MAYBE NOT??? Yes, I am praying for the beautiful girl he left dead at the scene of the accident; so sad.

    • Anonymous on July 22, 2019 at 8:33 am

      THE JUDGES NEED TO GO PERIOD.WHEN WILL YOU PEOPLE PROTEST AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE JUDGES?

      • Annoyed on July 24, 2019 at 12:58 pm

        Stop yelling.

      • Lala on July 24, 2019 at 2:59 pm

        Why isnt he being charged with vehicular manslaughter

      • Inquiring Minds on July 24, 2019 at 3:02 pm

        So you want ‘us’ to do something…what are ‘YOU’ doing, besides whining online?

  10. PAUL STANLEY on July 22, 2019 at 2:38 am

    This drunk mfer killed my girlfriend of three years and left behind a seven year old boy. sweetest mommas boy in the world. I have had a dui and even i agree, stronger penalties for sh@t like this.

    • Anon on July 22, 2019 at 9:18 am

      What was she doing with him at 4am?

      • Anon on July 22, 2019 at 11:54 am

        Someone is dead and you’re concerned about why she was with someone at 4am… it doesn’t matter what she was doing. Because of this POS she isn’t alive anymore.

      • Anonymous on July 22, 2019 at 1:37 pm

        ;)

        • Becca on July 23, 2019 at 5:08 pm

          A winky face? Seriously? What are you, 3 years old? Put your big girl panties on and act like an adult not like a pre adolescent boy. You can’t even post with your real name. It’s none of your business what she was doing. It’s irrelevant.

      • Anonymous on July 22, 2019 at 6:50 pm

        Who cares. Does it take back the fact that he was drunk. Killed her and left the scene? Really us that your take away? Did she deserve this person to leave her? She has a family and friends.

        • Anonymous on July 23, 2019 at 12:37 am

          And apparently a bf she wasn’t with.

      • Megan on July 23, 2019 at 11:37 am

        How about “I’m sorry for your loss”? People are soooo heartless. THAT’S your concern? Why she was WITH HIM?? SMH!!!!

    • Anon on July 23, 2019 at 12:40 am

      Would agree stronger penalties for child porngraphy users, distribtors too?!

      • ??? on July 24, 2019 at 12:59 pm

        What the hell does this have to do with the article?

        • ???!!?? on July 24, 2019 at 1:37 pm

          EXACTLY!!! and learn to spell! who’s a “porngraphy user”?

          LOL! DUMMY!!!!

    • Megan on July 23, 2019 at 11:01 am

      I’m so sorry this happened Paul. Instead of offering condolences, you have assholes asking why she was with him? Heartless!!! God rest her soul.

    • darlene amar on July 23, 2019 at 1:04 pm

      i am very sorry for you loss and the loss of the entire family. prayers for everyone.

      • Proofread your comments on July 24, 2019 at 3:05 pm

        The entire family was lost?! WTH?!

        • Anonymous on July 27, 2019 at 1:18 pm

          Get a life…. obviously you have nothing better to do then proof read condolences.

          • Are you the kettle or the pot? on July 27, 2019 at 5:16 pm

            And you are getting paid to respond to said comments?!

    • Anonymous on July 24, 2019 at 2:45 pm

      where was the driver’s gf? does he even have one? wonder what she’s thinking? hmm…..

      • Jack Wagon on July 25, 2019 at 9:41 pm

        The drivers GF was with that Paul guy.

    • Anonymous on July 30, 2019 at 6:05 pm

      I am so sorry for your lost. I still can’t believe this happen, my heart broke when I heard the news. I know that little boy is going to be everything Orianna wanted him to be. I know for sure how sweet and smart he is and how much his mom loved him, he was everything to her.

  11. Abandon your friend after you cause her death on July 22, 2019 at 5:50 am

    Dazed and confused – or just plain cowardice?

  12. Two Hands On The Wheel on July 22, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    The digital gas price sign at this Wa Wa has been crashed into twice, maybe 3 times, and destroyed, by those who were unable to control their car.

  13. Fabo on July 22, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Both of these people are service members with me and SPC Motta will be missed. Burridge made a fatal error in judgement and will be judge!

    • Commentator General on July 25, 2019 at 7:48 am

      Must be weekend warriors. I can tell from his mugshot there is no way he meets height and weight requirements.

  14. Charles on July 22, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    I guess he didn’t DODGE that pole…lol

    • Vicki on July 24, 2019 at 12:28 pm

      Let me guess? You’re single and living in your mothers basement. Yeah sounds about right, idiot

    • Vicki on July 24, 2019 at 12:34 pm

      Let me guess? You probably work a menial job, play video games all night and still Iive in your mothers basement. Yeah sounds about right, loser

      • Charles on July 25, 2019 at 1:13 pm

        Let ME guess- you tried to rehash the same comment only slightly different because like an idiot you have zero patience. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul

  15. Bootsy collins on July 22, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Such a sad situation! Prayers to the family of the young woman My God.

  16. Terri mendizabal on July 23, 2019 at 12:19 am

    I am Paul’s friend and what does it matter who she was with… Who leaves a human being dieing after a crash…

  17. cheryl Petro on July 23, 2019 at 12:19 am

    Some really stupid, ignorant remarks in this, We had just left HarrisTeeter around that time but we were going north. We had started to go that way. Prayers for the young lady’s family May she rest in Jesus’ arms. And being military, the authorites will take care of him and not in a nice way.

    • johnny5 on July 23, 2019 at 9:26 pm

      being military has no bearing on his outcome. it had nothing to do with the government. she was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  18. Terri mendizabal on July 23, 2019 at 12:23 am

    Paul . this is Terri… If you need anything for her son. Me and Carlos are willing to help ..

    • Classic on July 24, 2019 at 11:26 am

      This is the internet, not a telephone. You dont have to tell him who you are, you posted your name. I bet you do the same thing when you send an email or text message…

      • Duh on July 24, 2019 at 4:36 pm

        This is what old people do.

  19. Anon on July 23, 2019 at 7:52 am

    Prayers for the woman. I don’t even know what to say about the guy. He seems like a serial drunk driver. And leaving his passenger and fellow service member to die. Seriously derelict.

  20. Anon on July 23, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Child porn??? Why is that even a concern? Who are you? Are you even concerned about her or the child? People have nothing better to do then comment about people they don’t know. Get a life!!!!

    • Anonymous on July 24, 2019 at 12:08 pm

      Maybe since there is a child that has been left with out a mother.

      • Since you're so concerned.......... on July 24, 2019 at 1:47 pm

        Some idiot brought up child porn…..what does that have to do with anything? is someone being charged with it in this case? The person who brought it up probably watches it themselves……heartless and lonely with no real family, otherwise they wouldn’t have time to be commenting about a dead woman and her child. Here’s a thought, start a gofundme if you are SOOO concerned about the child’s wellbeing.

      • Anon on July 26, 2019 at 11:49 pm

        Look at the bf’s record 2 DWIs and also 3p coubts for Child pornography

        • Judgey McJudgington on July 30, 2019 at 4:59 pm

          Let’s look up your record………..hmmmm??

  21. Anonymous on July 23, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Lets not take away the fact that she knew him, this wasn’t the first time they had been together. She willingly got in his vehicle. Safe to say at 4am, she knew he was intoxicated, maybe she was as well. Extremely sad story and horrible for her son. She should have been more concerned about her life than he was. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like either of them were. He will have to live with this tragedy for the rest of his life. RIP.

    • Anonymous on July 24, 2019 at 11:03 am

      Sounds like you are a little close to the situation, eh? You know them? How do you know this wasn’t the first time?

  22. Michelle on July 24, 2019 at 1:18 am

    Why did she get in the car if she knew he was drinking? I’m in no way defending this guy but she had to know he was intoxicated‍♀️

    • Chivalry aint dead yet on July 24, 2019 at 11:29 am

      After a night of hot steamy action it is protocol to give her a ride home…

  23. Anonymous on July 24, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Failure to report, failure to produce ID, reckless driving, negligent driving, DUI… but where’s the manslaughter? Someone lost their life due to this man’s actions, and they don’t even throw in a manslaughter charge? We’ll be lucky if this guy spends even 5 years behind bars.

    • Ben Matlock on July 25, 2019 at 6:44 am

      Have to wait for the blood results there Columbo.

  24. anon on July 24, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Did the drver have a girlfriend? i wonder how she felt knowing he was with her??..

  25. Anonymous on July 24, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    i know dudes gf must be pissed. to find out he was out with another girl, and killed her in a accidnet.

  26. Reading can be fundamental on July 25, 2019 at 1:40 am

    She died because she wasn’t wearing a seatbelt when he hit utility pole. they are both at fault, but still may she Rest In Peace and May GOD have mercy on them both

    • Joe on July 26, 2019 at 10:54 am

      Yup. God’ll fix it, after he allowed it to happen. Primitives

  27. bjh on July 25, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Don’t understand how people can be so negative at a time like this. Let’s just pray for the family’s strength during this difficult time!

  28. Anonymous on July 25, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    May God give peace to her son and the family as well as his wife, who is also a victim of this horrific incident.

  29. anonymous on July 25, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    Let me rephrase that for you properly.

    She died because she got into a vehicle with a drunk driver and he hit a pole and killed her. It probably didn’t help she wasn’t wearing a seat belt. They both made horrible decisions and it cost her her life.

    May she rest in peace and may god have mercy for her child that will grow up without a mother.

  30. Hummmm on July 25, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    “her former spouse Yeimer Barbosa-Melo of Bowie”. From her Obit, Interesting that the coward is also from Bowie, Did they all know each other??????

  31. John on July 25, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    I didn’t know Oriana very well, but I had met you through mutual friends while she lived in the beach. She was a beautiful woman inside and out, I wish she wasn’t in the car that night. God bless her and God bless her family!

  32. Anonymous on July 25, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    I didn’t known Oriana very well but knew her for a while through mutual friends in the beach. She was a beautiful person inside and out, I wish she wasn’t in the car that night, God bless her and her family.

  33. Gloria on July 31, 2019 at 11:12 am

    There is a fundraiser for her son. I can’t post the link here but google “Oriana Motta gofundme” and it should pop up.
    Stephann needs all the support he can get.