UPDATE: Driver of the Ambulance that Struck Another Vehicle on Thomas Johnson Bridge Issued Two Traffic Tickets for Incident

September 9, 2019

UPDATE 9/10/2019: Brian Patrick Bowen, 35, of Lusby was issued a traffic citation for failing to drive an emergency vehicle safely ($50 fine) and driving left of roadway center in overtaking and passing when unsafe ($90 fine)

The traffic citations were issued on September 5, 2019, by Deputy A. Budd of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.

UPDATE 8/30/2019: The driver was Identified as Brian Patrick Bowen, 35, of Calvert County.

A spokeswoman from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Brian Patrick Bowen, was the driver of the Solomons Island Rescue Squad ambulance that was involved in the property damage accident in the video. She went on to say that the Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident and traffic citations are pending in the case.

SMNEWSNET.com interviewed multiple firetruck and ambulance drivers as well as officers from several volunteer departments and all of them said “lights and sirens are never to be used while crossing the Thomas Johnson or the Route 231 Benedict bridge”.

Jonathan Dalrymple, the Chief of the Solomons Volunteer Rescue and Fire Department told SMNEWSNET.com that a committee is looking into what actions will be taken next by his department in regards to the incident on the bridge.

Bowen became a convicted felon after he was found guilty of two counts of Vehicular Manslaughter, Second Degree Assault, and Reckless Driving in 2007. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but it was suspended down to 18 months in jail.

A police investigation stated that on January 15, 2006, Bowen who was a volunteer firefighter at the time, was driving on Lowery Road at more than 80 mph. The speed limit on Lowery Road is 40 mph.  Bowen’s was “hill-hopping”” at the time, according to Calvert County State’s Attorney Greg Wells — leaping over the small bumps in elevation that characterize Lowery Road.

At approximately 11:45 p.m., Bowen almost hopped his 1999 Ford Contour directly into another car. As he swerved to avoid the collision his car rolled over several times before it came to a rest on its roof. William Joshua Fabricante, 20, of St. Leonard, was pronounced dead at the scene, and Megan Elizabeth Jackson, 16, of Huntingtown, was taken to Calvert Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Amanda Moore Gaylon, 18, of Huntingtown was also taken to the hospital where she was treated and released.


UPDATE 8/27/2019 @ 10:45 a.m.: Jonathan Leonard Dalrymplehe, the Chief of the Solomons Volunteer Rescue and Fire Department, sent SMNEWSNET.COM the following statement about the incident.

On August 26 at approximate 4 PM one of our ambulances was involved in a property damage accident at the base of the Thomas Johnson bridge on St. Mary side. St Mary’s police department was Called and handle the accident. No one was injured in the accident. The driver of the ambulance has been Reprimanded and pulled from driving

8/27/2019: A video making its way around Facebook shows a Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad Fire Department Ambulance crossing the center line and hitting a utility truck on the base of the Thomas Johnson Bridge in St. Mary’s County.

The video timestamp is Monday, August 26, 2019, at approximately 3:00 p.m., date and time, however,it is unknown if it is the correct time and date.

Calvert County was dispatched to assist St. Mary’s County at approximately 2:52 p.m., and 2:53 p.m., for medical calls in the Great Mills and California areas.

Updates will be provided when they become available.


241 Responses to UPDATE: Driver of the Ambulance that Struck Another Vehicle on Thomas Johnson Bridge Issued Two Traffic Tickets for Incident

  1. Anonymous on August 27, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Well maybe if the Truck would’ve got over some more it wouldn’t have happened as you see the ambulance had there light on

    • Anonymous on August 27, 2019 at 10:45 am

      You have to turn your Lights and sirens off crossing bridges because there’s no where to go

      • Cap'n Obvious on August 27, 2019 at 12:28 pm

        They are not on the bridge at point of impact.

        I see a good two feet between trucks back tire and guard rail.

        • whatever on August 28, 2019 at 5:29 am

          There is still nowhere for the truck to go! The driver of the ambulance should of realized he wasn’t going to make it. Now they have to pay for a truck and an ambulance! Stupid!!!!

          • Joe Mama on August 29, 2019 at 7:31 am

            If you watch the video you will see that their mirrors hit and there may have been some minor scratches. I would hardly characterize that as “having to pay for a truck and an ambulance”.

        • Oh - what a great distinction realized by your observation on August 28, 2019 at 7:13 am

          Change your name to Captn Idiot.

          Anyone making comments that stupid should realize that the only thing “obvious” is that you are a complete moron.

          • Cap'n Obvious on August 28, 2019 at 12:20 pm

            You are one of those who DON’T make room for emergency vehicles…Got it. And then complains they are taking too long to get there when you need them.

            I stand by my statement. Another two feet to pull over. Crisis averted.

          • o my on August 28, 2019 at 7:52 pm

            Yea Captn Idiot

          • Cap'n Obvious on August 29, 2019 at 8:42 am

            ;-)

          • It is OFFICIAL.... on September 10, 2019 at 5:36 am

            Yes – Captain idiot is a far more accurate name.

        • John on August 30, 2019 at 7:45 pm

          Cap’n Obvious is a Cap’n moron

          • Cap'n Obvious on September 1, 2019 at 1:31 pm

            Agree to disagree.

          • Cap'n Ahole on September 4, 2019 at 8:18 am

            And he is too stupid to see that his judgement is so wrong, whereas EVERYONE ELSE commenting and/or reading it is shaking their head laughing at what a dork he is!

            “Agree to disagree”? NO! How about “Your are an idiot”!

            Captain of a ship of fools, maybe.

          • Cap'n Obvious on September 4, 2019 at 3:04 pm

            Well, you got one thing right…Cap’n Ahole.

          • THAT IS CERTAIN on September 10, 2019 at 5:55 am

            TOTALLY!

            BY UNANIMOUS VOTE

    • Anon on August 27, 2019 at 10:54 am

      Or the ambulance should have let off the gas pedal for a second , yeah let me pull on the shoulder of a shoulderless bridge!

    • Tammie on August 27, 2019 at 1:11 pm

      Lights and sirens don’t automatically give the responder right of way. It’s actually the most missed question on the driving test. You move when it’s safe.

    • Itiswhatitis on August 27, 2019 at 1:37 pm

      Where the hell you want the truck to go? It’s called due regard! The ambulance driver should of known better! He was completely at fault!

      • Anonymous on August 30, 2019 at 11:30 pm

        Like he was when he killed two people previously!

        • itiswhatitis on September 3, 2019 at 9:25 am

          Exactly! I wasn’t talking about the truck having due regard. I was talking about the idiot ambulance river! Obviously he has never learned what “due regard” means! What an idiot!

        • It's all Good. on September 4, 2019 at 8:22 am

          How could they let this guy drive an ambulance?

          Who even allowed him to get that class of license?

          That was like letting Jeff Bundy babysit your kids for the weekend.

          • Queen of the Iron Throne on September 4, 2019 at 1:34 pm

            Don’t you mean “Ted” Bundy?

          • Steve Rhodes on September 10, 2019 at 8:19 am

            What about Polk High legend Al Bundy? He was definitely the best Bundy…

    • Val Pasch on August 27, 2019 at 2:18 pm

      Where exactly should the truck “pull over more”??

      • Wiggy on August 30, 2019 at 8:17 am

        When I read this comment, I can’t help but think of the movie “Super Troopers”.

    • India on August 27, 2019 at 2:47 pm

      How about you think before you write/type?? There was no “more” to get over. The responders are supposed to use the travel lanes as they are intended when crossing that bridge, to avoid incidents like this one.

    • Desmo on August 30, 2019 at 10:03 am

      Agreed
      There was plenty of room for that truck to move, another 6 inches and you have a non-event
      but hey, instead let’s bring up what he did 12 years ago at 23yo

      • Anonymous on August 30, 2019 at 11:28 pm

        What he did 12 years ago when he was 23 and had a 16 year old girl in his car. I knew that girl! Hell yes, let’s keep bringing it up.

      • itiswhatitis on September 3, 2019 at 9:27 am

        OF COURSE bring it up! Apparently he hasn’t learned! He killed two people because he was a careless ahole and he only did 18 months?! I am sure that was probably cut too.

        • Justice DENIED on September 10, 2019 at 5:42 am

          AND now we see he has been moddy-coddled with $150 worth of wrist slap?

          Why not just give him a participation trophy?

          This fruitcake should not be driving a bicycle let alone an emergency vehicle!

          The county boys take care of their bro!

      • Found the troll on September 10, 2019 at 8:00 am

        Well, he killed 2 people while driving recklessly. I cannot think of a reason why you wouldn’t bring it up when there is photographic evidence of the the ambulance driver DRIVING RECKLESSLY.

        I’m sure you are posting because Bowen is one of the most common names in the county and this dude is your cousin or whatever but 2 other families lost children from his irresposible actions.

    • Your daddy on September 10, 2019 at 5:48 am

      It figures that the initial post would be from an idiot too stupid to even deserve an opinion.

      And these people are on the lose?

      Please do not reproduce or drive your vehicle (pick up truck – no doubt) with anyone else in it with you.

    • Wherecanigonowthat theambulanceisconingthrough. on September 10, 2019 at 9:01 pm

      Apparently you didn’t read the whole article where is says, “NO LIGHTS OR SIERNS GOUNG ACROSS THE THOMAS JOHNSON BRIDGE OR THE RT. 231 BRIDGE.” NOW, whatch the video and tell us where the oerson in the truck was suppose to go? Please read and absorb what you read before you speak.

  2. Pay attention when driving on August 27, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Looks like the white truck didn’t yield to the approaching emergency vehicle. Should have slowed sooner and got over to the right further. I’ll bet they would have if the response was for their family member.

    • IDIOTZ on August 27, 2019 at 2:19 pm

      LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE BLIND!!!

    • Anonymous on August 27, 2019 at 3:08 pm

      Are you stupid? He had NOWHERE to go. He was getting off the bridge quickly to avoid the ambulance so they could get past him. Maybe the driver of the ambulance when seeming approaching vehicles, and a bridge should have slowed down a little. That’s pure ignorance on the Driver of the ambulance.

    • Anonymous on August 27, 2019 at 5:32 pm

      Slowing sooner would have put them still on the bridge, dummy! Rescue vehicles still need to slow down and use caution. Ambulance driver is clearly at fault and glad he didn’t kill someone driving like an idiot!!!

      • JJ Abrams on August 28, 2019 at 5:49 am

        But the ambulance would’ve been able to get around the work truck safely.

        • Risky Red Neck on September 4, 2019 at 8:13 am

          And what a great trophy that would have won him!

          He drove like a foolish red-necked idiot and passed a truck on a narrow lane bridge.

          In 5 more seconds, he could have done so without any risk or damage, but his siren and lights gave him such an erection he was spurting on himself.

          This fool needs suspension, driving school, and a good a$$-kicking.

          • Wiggy on September 11, 2019 at 4:40 am

            By gawd Cap’n. Perhaps you should join any volunteer organization in this redneck infested area and show us all how it’s done by the “elite, over educated transplant.” We’re all just so dumb and it’s a miracle that we can eat breakfast on the way to digging ditches for all of you super smart folks.

      • Anonymous on August 30, 2019 at 4:33 pm

        He did kill 2 people 13 years ago driving 80 on a 2 lane road.

        • Anonymous on August 30, 2019 at 11:29 pm

          Yes he did!

          • Anonymous on August 31, 2019 at 8:44 pm

            Did he?

    • G. Money on August 30, 2019 at 12:16 pm

      you need to think about closing rate of the oncoming ambulance. the white truck may have responded by slowing as soon as the saw the ambulance but did not have time to come to a complete stop or to tell that there was more room (not very much by the way). the ambulance is clearly driving recklessly – they were traveling too fast to properly avoid the collision.

      • Anonymous on September 11, 2019 at 4:48 pm

        You are the only one other myself to bring up the closing rate.

  3. Anonymous on August 27, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Thank god they didn’t plow into the truck head on, then the sheriffs office would have been responding to a homicide.

    • Igor O. on August 27, 2019 at 12:13 pm

      I’ve stolen ambulances on the GTA game. I run over people, do some donuts up in peoples yards, you name it. This was nothin’.

      • Anonymous on August 27, 2019 at 3:47 pm

        You want to talk about a moron, this guy is it! How can someone make such an idiotic comment??????

        • Anonymous on August 28, 2019 at 5:41 am

          Get over yourself snowflake.

  4. Bigcountry8930 on August 27, 2019 at 10:26 am

    There on a bridge there is only so much room

    • Look at the photo on August 27, 2019 at 12:30 pm

      No…they are off the bridge. Guardrails on both sides of the road.

      • Anonymous on August 27, 2019 at 5:34 pm

        Just barely off the bridge, idiot! And still not enough time to get over. Ambulance driver is at fault.

        • You can't help some people...... on August 28, 2019 at 6:13 am

          Don’t argue with a fool.

          This redneck is a moron.

          Nothing can educate or help him.

          Stupidity flourished in his entire family.

          • Anonymous on August 29, 2019 at 8:44 am

            Says Captain Cautious…

  5. Anonymous on August 27, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Actually, the Solomons ambulance responds “non-emergency” (no lights or sirens) when crossing the TJ bridge.. At that point in the video, the ambulance should not be responding with lights and sirens as you can see how close the two way traffic is.

    • the truth on August 28, 2019 at 11:28 pm

      that is very TRUE as I hold a EVOC from the State of Maryland that allows you to drive in EMERGENCY MODE . There is a lot that people don’t know so I will put it out there for others to hopefully understand. Just because you have lights on that it means you are asking permission from the cars on the road for permission to go through stop signs, traffic lights. That’s why they teach you in the State Class why you cant do anything you want and its a question that sometimes is asked on the State test. Also we were told that a firetruck and ambulances are not suppose to go over 10mph the post posted speed on that road. LIGHTS AND SIRENS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO BE USED ON A SINGLE TWO LANE BRIDGE. Also since they are responding from over in St Marys to Calvert that Solomons have the following ambulances 37, 38 & 39 that could have or should have marked up as its in their 1st call area. Also you can see that the ambulance started crossing the double line around the bend in the curve and within seconds the ambulance didn’t slow down and the truck had no where to go. When I volunteered for Calvert as a EMT/Firefighter and ASST Engineer I did field training before the drivers where cut loose to drive in EMERGENCY MODE. Also this wasn’t Property Damage as that is when you collide with a fixed object . This is a MVA . What if that ambulance lost controlled and badly hurt some people or killed someone driving like this.

      • Anonymous on August 29, 2019 at 3:22 pm

        actually this is a property damage accident no one required ems care. thats what makes it a property damage accident only property was damaged. now i know that for a fact that no emergency vehicle from solomons VRSFD should be responding lights and siren over the bridge.

        • Drop to your knees.......everyone. on September 4, 2019 at 8:30 am

          Oh PLEASE –

          With your wealth of knowledge and obvious god-like insight…..

          Don’t stop there………tell us MORE.

          We desperately need your guidance to figure this difficult puzzle out.

          What should be done?

      • Actual FF/EMT on August 31, 2019 at 6:42 pm

        You…might have had EVOC at one time, but you weren’t paying attention in class.

        You cannot go over ANY BRIDGE in emergency mode. Period. Not the Thomas Johnson, not the Harry Nice, and definitely not the Chesapeake Bay. None. Not one in the state of Maryland. It’s because of these very issues.

        Further, there is no such thing as station 37 in Saint Mary’s. Lexington Park’s Rescue Squad has a lot of ambulances, but they haven’t opened a third substation quite yet. Company 39 and Station 38 are indeed in service.

        • The Last Word on September 4, 2019 at 8:33 am

          Well there you have it folks…..

          The world renowned “ACTUAL FF/EMT” has spoken!

          ALL Hail! Fall on your faces!

          No further posting is needed or allowed.

          THE END!

  6. k on August 27, 2019 at 10:33 am

    theres no where for the truck to go if he went over anymore he would have hit the bridge

    • Know your vehicle on August 27, 2019 at 12:25 pm

      Truck had another foot or more…plenty to save his mirror.

      • Anonymous on September 4, 2019 at 8:34 am

        Bet you always think you have plenty more than you actually have too!

        BWAHHHHHHH!

        • Know your vehicle on September 4, 2019 at 3:07 pm

          Nope

        • Anonymous on September 11, 2019 at 4:41 am

          The next time your getting gas, ask his ole lady.

  7. Captcha on August 27, 2019 at 10:33 am

    I believe Md law states that you have to pull over as far as you can get and stop when an emergency vehicle is approaching? I would think the utility truck driver is at fault?

    • Anonymous on August 27, 2019 at 12:13 pm

      Yes that is the law but emergency vehicles are not supposed to cross a two lane bridge like that in emergency mode that is one of the first things taught in evoc class

      • Captcha on August 27, 2019 at 9:41 pm

        But it is ok for Medic’s to drive on the north bound lane to get to a person in the WaWa parking lot? I think not. I watched one cut across the road that was going northbound, over into the southbound lane to get to WaWa.

        • Anonymous on August 30, 2019 at 8:28 am

          You think they’re responding to an emergency? It’s Hoagiefest season! They’ve got to use the volunteer resources to get there homie.

    • Whatever on August 27, 2019 at 1:41 pm

      ur crazy! The ambulance driver should of known he couldn’t get through there and slowed down! Dumba**

    • Gary B on August 27, 2019 at 1:50 pm

      What was he suppose to do drive up onto the Jersey Wall?

    • India on August 27, 2019 at 2:48 pm

      And your ‘thought’ would be wrong.

    • Anonymous on August 27, 2019 at 5:36 pm

      The utility truck driver was just barely off the bridge and trying to move over when the idiot ambulance driver struck him. Watch the video again a little slower and maybe your small brain can process it better.

    • Senseless as a Captcha on August 28, 2019 at 6:16 am

      Oh really?

      So if traffic has not had the time to come to a complete stop,

      it is “Md law” that you must ram any vehicles in the way and keep going?

      You need to be sure you don’t reproduce.

  8. Gary on August 27, 2019 at 10:37 am

    Lights and siren not to be used on the bridge.

  9. Anonymous on August 27, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Ambulances shouldn’t be responding on a bridge anyways, they are suppose to go over with no lights and sirens until they get off. Once they are off they can reactivate them

  10. Anonymous on August 27, 2019 at 10:42 am

    Will the ambulance driver be charged?

    Hit & run?
    Failure to stay at the scene of an accident?
    Failure to control vehicle in the results of an accident?

    • Johnny5 on August 28, 2019 at 5:19 am

      thank you. finally someone with some common sense. if it were a regular vehicle, which it should of been at that time(no lights and sirens) the police would of chased them down.

  11. Kelly on August 27, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Where was the white truck suppose to go? There’s a guardrail right there and you can see he was hitting his brakes. The ambulance shouldn’t have been trying to pass on the bridge, there’s not much leeway on that bridge anyway.

    • A Bad Name on August 27, 2019 at 11:38 am

      Thank YOU Kelly!

      The most common sense response published on here so far.

      I guess it’s natural in SoMD (with its noticeably larger-than-average number of deed-by-gawd rednecks) – for most readers to back up an EMT or ambulance driver…..

      He probably lets them play with the emergency lights or siren when they are at the fair.

      But look how many of these expensive Fire & Rescue vehicles are being wrecked and flipped by the adrenaline and testosterone overdosed dickheads driving them like idiots.

      Not to mention that more lives are threatened by this careless “We are gods” attitude, than those theoretically saved by their sad super-hero imitations.

      I support them, I donate to them every year.

      But this nonsense is careless.

      When on EMERGENCY call, they need to get where they are going as fast as SAFELY possible.

      They don’t have special privileges to bowl over anything in the way or cause threat or harm to those around them.

      Think of the wasted hours of suffering or inconvenience of others sitting on that stupid bridge, every time someone wrecks on it – or the roads isolated near it.

      The 1/10th second shaved off by passing a vehicle or other unsafe stunts buys no one ANYTHING of benefit.

      STUPID REDNECKS!

    • Lanes are 10' to 12' wide on August 27, 2019 at 12:35 pm

      There’s a good 2feet between the truck and the guardrail.

      Believe it or not, that bridge is wide enough for three vehicles (side-by-side) at any given point.

      • Anonymous on August 27, 2019 at 5:39 pm

        Don’t believe it unless it’s three smart cars not huge ambulances.

        • Lanes are 10' to 12' wide on August 28, 2019 at 12:28 pm

          Full size vehicles. Get your tape measure if you don’t believe me…

      • Yes - Let's get out our tape measures on August 28, 2019 at 6:21 am

        How stupid are you?

        Measure THAT!

        The painted lines defining the lanes show the average width allotment for a single lane.

        When you did your “believe it or not” research – Were those vehicles moving at 45 mph?

        Why did mommy let you post?

        Please don’t have offspring.

  12. Anonymous2 on August 27, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Ambulance should not have been traveling that fast on a road with no shoulders and two directions of traffic present. Yes, the white truck could’ve moved over a few more inches but the ambulance was going way too fast for that situation. Having the emergency lights is not an excuse to ignore the traffic situation.

    • Armchair quarterbacks everywhere? on August 27, 2019 at 11:55 am

      From the angle depicted in the videos – The distance, view, the lack of any maneuvering space – all added up to ZERO defensive driving options, for that poor guy in the utility truck!

      No one could seriously accuse the driver of the white utility truck of doing ANYTHING wrong!

      WTF?

      Would anyone calmly driving up the bridge expect some fool in an ambulance to drive that F’ing crazy?

      Seriously – How much time could he save by pulling that idiotic move?…… 1/2 second?

      If some poor grandma’s life depended on his driving like that, God help her.

  13. Anonymous on August 27, 2019 at 10:47 am

    For anyone who thinks this is the white trucks fault is a idiot. The ambulance should have deactivated their lights and sirens before crossing the bridge.

    • My faith is renewed in the average person on August 27, 2019 at 11:57 am

      Thank you for your common sense.

      I was really starting to think everyone was stupid.

      YOU have proven there is hope for Southern Marylanders.

    • tiredofthesepeople on August 27, 2019 at 11:57 am

      Your the IDIOT. Granted, the ambulance should not have done that, BUT the driver in the white truck should have pulled over as far as possible and STOPPED immediately when they saw the ambulance.
      Both drivers are at fault….

      • Just sayin.. on August 27, 2019 at 3:32 pm

        You’re.. If you’re going to tell someone they’re an idiot, don’t prove yourself to be one as well by not showing the proper grammar..

      • Anonymous on August 27, 2019 at 5:40 pm

        Ummm….nope! You’re wrong!

        • Anonymous on August 28, 2019 at 5:47 am

          Why? I tend to agree with them. I think both are culpable. When an emergency vehicle is approaching, I was taught to yield by pulling over and stopping. If you don’t have any where to pull over, you’re supposed to stop so the emergency vehicle can mover around you. I don’t see anyone pulling over or stopping for emergency vehicles anymore. It’s not a redneck thing, it’s a common sense and driver’s education thing.

          • Anonymous on August 30, 2019 at 12:26 pm

            You are missing the point, NO LIGHTS OR SIRENS WHEN CROSSING THE BRIDGE EVER. The ambulance driver was at total fault, basic evoc training. He was not off the bridge and should never be driving like that .
            .

          • Original “Anonymous” aka Wiggy on August 31, 2019 at 4:58 am

            OHHHH. That’s the point! Whew, I thought it was the accident itself, not the lights and siren thing. So glad you steered me in the right direction. BTW, the ambulance was ENTERING the bridge, not departing.
            I still stand by my previous post. Both parties could’ve prevented this “accident” by using common sense and reverting back to the basics of driving. Perhaps it’s time to hold drivers accountable when they don’t yield to emergency vehicles. It is the law isn’t it?

      • Oh so you came to THAT conclusion huh. on August 28, 2019 at 6:24 am

        Please go to the bridge yourself.

        Jump off.

        Now we have one less idiot in the county.

        Thanks for playing.

  14. Concerned Citizen on August 27, 2019 at 10:49 am

    As an Emergency vehicle operator, the ambulance is in the 100% wrong here for multiple reasons. 1. Proceeding across the bridge with Lights and sirens is not a common practice due to no shoulders and chance of accidents. 2. Also emergency vehicles are to “proceed with due regard” regarding to passing vehicles, going into on coming lanes, and intersections. The driver putting more lives in harm with the driving that has taken place. If you cant get to a patient safely, then how can you help them? just like this incident, bet they didn’t make it to the patient in need.

    • Wow! Actual Good Sense! on August 27, 2019 at 11:59 am

      Concerned citizen:

      We want YOU as our EMT driver.

      Thank you for the sensible post.

      Refreshing to see facts and common sense.

    • Paula on August 27, 2019 at 5:57 pm

      Thank you! I was almost broadsided by a fire truck that was barreling through a stop sign at Ball Rd and Broomes Island. Aren’t emergency vehicles supposed to stop at stop signs and before entering an intersection?

      • Concern Citizen on August 28, 2019 at 6:31 am

        Paula, Emergency drivers are not required to stop but have to slow down and proceed with caution if no vehicles are in the intersection, but if vehicles are in the intersection, they are suppose to stop and wait for a clear lane to proceed with due regard to other motorist.

        • Paula on September 11, 2019 at 5:06 pm

          I was in the intersection, albeit barely. He careened through that intersection with no regard as to whether anyone was in danger of being hit.

  15. Dang on August 27, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Maybe if u take a look at those guard rails and see the service truck couldn’t get over any further. so maybe if the driver of ambulance had slowed down a bit so the service truck could of made it past the guard rails that wouldn’t of happened. It’s 2lanes no shoulder in that spot , reckless move for the ambulance could of caused a head on collision

  16. Anonymous on August 27, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Well I mean there is only so far over that you can get on a bridge! I understand it’s an emergency but they still need to use caution while driving those big trucks, especially on a bridge. It could have been way worse.

    • PRETTY LADY86 on August 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

      RIGHT! THE AMBULANCE TOTALLY DISREGARDED THE FACT THAT THERE WAS NO SHOULDER!!! THE DRIVER IS AN IDIOT! THEY SHOULD PAY FOR THAT GUYS TRUCK!

      • Anonymous on August 28, 2019 at 5:52 am

        It appears only mirror was damaged so pull your panties out of your crack. No need to pay for a whole truck.

  17. Anonymous on August 27, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Ambulances are not allowed to use lights and sirens on that bridge. Because there is no where for vehicles to move.

  18. Gimmeabreak on August 27, 2019 at 11:06 am

    It looks like the ambulance was trying to fit between the two trucks. Misjudged the space.

  19. Anonymous on August 27, 2019 at 11:08 am

    I wonder if having career staff would have prevented this.

    • Jerome Butler on August 27, 2019 at 11:52 am

      Yee haw!!! You certainly get what you pay for, with those volunteers. Crazy fools!

      • Anonymous on August 30, 2019 at 3:51 pm

        PLEASE FEEL FREE TO JOIN YOURSELF IF YOU CAN DO IT BETTER. THANK YOU!!!!!

        • Sad but truthful on August 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm

          Reality with solomons is that many qualified people have joined just to be kicked out for stupid reasons. Career and people from other busier and more experienced areas have joined. The inbreds at solomons keep the jean pool shallow and narrow

      • Proud firefighters daughter and mother on August 30, 2019 at 4:36 pm

        I just like to let you know my father was a volunteer in Calvert county for a long time until his death. My son is still a volunteer has a full-time job and a family but busted his ass to save other people. I’m not saying this is right or wrong but stop condemning our volunteers I bet when you need them you’ll call us. Proud firefighters daughter and mother !!!!!!

        • Anonymous on August 30, 2019 at 11:37 pm

          This particular “volunteer” did jail time for previously killing two people.

    • Anonymous on August 31, 2019 at 8:09 am

      My ex-husband and some friends who were all volunteers were injured in a fire truck accident several years ago that was driven by a career guy who had been in several accidents while driving as a career fire fighter but was still allowed to drive. Career or volunteer doesn’t matter on knowing the laws of driving an emergency vehicle.

  20. Cindy on August 27, 2019 at 11:16 am

    Everyone needs to understand. EMERGENCY VEHICLES ARE TO TURN OFF ALL LIGHTS AND SIRENS AND OBEY ALL TRAFFIC LAWS WHILE CROSSING ANY BRIDGE!!! This truck did nothing wrong!!

    • Anonymous on August 27, 2019 at 3:19 pm

      Cindy! You are ABSOLUTELY correct! Having a EVOC card in my pocket, you again are CORRECT! Should give the Ambulance driver a Reckless Driving Ticket.

      • Ladies and gentlemen - The great Oz has spoken.... on August 28, 2019 at 6:27 am

        Oh wow!

        A REAL EVOC card?

        Can we touch it?

        I mean…..did the other idiot driving the ambulance have one too or was his card fake?

        Why didn’t you say so in the first place – everyone else’s posts are now invalid.

        • Not bad on August 29, 2019 at 5:13 pm

          Heh

  21. Anonymous on August 27, 2019 at 11:21 am

    You know as much as I do that it takes Solomons to get out five minutes after being dispatched to any calls

  22. William on August 27, 2019 at 11:35 am

    White truck did nothing wrong

    • always blame equipment on August 28, 2019 at 10:29 am

      Of course not and neither did the driver

  23. D on August 27, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Due regard, any professional ff/EMT would no that, oh wait…

    • Think it through “D” on August 30, 2019 at 8:26 am

      I’m not the biggest fan of the volunteers, but I’m willing to bet the “professionals” have their own incidents. Is the cost of having a paid force worth the few incidents that both groups will undoubtedly create? My taxes are high enough……

  24. Anonymous on August 27, 2019 at 11:41 am

    I talk about when the ambulance was dispatched but what time does the ambulance actually get out usually takes about five minutes which the video would be correct

    • The nested depth of the redneck mind is scary.... on August 28, 2019 at 6:29 am

      Glad you finally got to the heart of the matter…..

      the dispatch time.

      How did everyone else miss that?

  25. DecoysErrywhere on August 27, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Just some ticks wilding out that’s all. Leave those kids alone, they didn’t kill anybody.

  26. Anonymous on August 27, 2019 at 11:56 am

    All they talk about is the time of dispatch but what time did they actually get out ? Most of the time it takes about 5 minutes from the initial call to get out to respond to a call which would make the time stamp on the video correct.

  27. Salty fireman on August 27, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Should be charged for reckless endangerment

  28. Rufus on August 27, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Outdated Bridge, Tear it down

    • Synonymous on August 27, 2019 at 8:27 pm

      Agree.

    • JJ Abrams on August 28, 2019 at 5:48 am

      Cry me a River. Don’t use it if you thinks it’s outdated and unsafe.

      • Anonymous on August 29, 2019 at 12:05 am

        It’s very unsafe the road on the St.Mary’s side is missing chunks. Time to look into building a new one. Oh wait the rumor is there’s no money. But the casinos are raking in billions. No one is going to be happy until it collapses.

        • JJ Abrams on August 31, 2019 at 5:07 am

          I agree about the casino revenue, but wasn’t surprised when most sheeple voted to bring them to Maryland under the false pretense of jobs, horse protection and revenue. I don’t agree with your point about the bridge though. It’s constantly inspected, repaired and was constructed in 1977. I’m pretty sure that bridge engineering in 1977 had evolved from the fist bridge hundreds of years prior. This is one of two major bridges in the area, and despite what you may think, the amount of traffic on this bridge pales in comparison to what the Nice bridge sees. Just because you chose to work at Pax and live in Calvert doesn’t mean the bridge should be replaced just for YOU.

          • Look at it from underneath on September 3, 2019 at 7:56 am

            You obviously have not seen the top of the pillars that support the bridge. The cracking concrete is held together by metal bands installed in the late ’80s.

          • JJ Abrams on September 10, 2019 at 4:46 am

            I still stand by my point. I’m pretty sure both bridges undergo constant engineering analysis and review. Considering the Nice bridge has 40 years and 3x-5x the traffic on the TJ bridge, it gets first dibs on a replacement.

    • Surprise: They can read. on August 28, 2019 at 6:31 am

      Way to stay on topic.

      brilliant.

    • tiredofthesepeople on August 30, 2019 at 10:48 am

      This bridge was finished in 1977..The Harry Nice bridge was finished in 1940..
      Which bridge should be replaced 1st ? The Harry Nice Bridge sees a lot more
      traffic than the Thomas Johnson Bridge

      • JJ Abrams on August 30, 2019 at 4:43 pm

        Thank you! Someone with some common sense!!

  29. Sparky on August 27, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Those CLOWNS in Solomons VRSFD are so LUCKY!
    They are constantly tearing up those ambulances, ALL
    of them have been wrecked at least once! The Department
    is out of CONTROL, it’s a Free for ALL! It’s just a matter of
    time their luck is going to run out! The flags in front of that station
    will be flying HALF MAST. They just better hope it’s not me or
    one of my family members they hurt or kill.

    • Johnny5 on August 28, 2019 at 5:24 am

      or what? you gonna sue them? ooh, such big words from a keyboard hero

    • You’re an Idiot on August 28, 2019 at 5:56 am

      Gonna come back from the dead and sue them huh?

    • Anonymous on August 28, 2019 at 6:36 am

      Uhh excuse me…..?

      Have you counted the flipped and/or wrecked fire trucks scored by St Mary’s county volunteers?

      Solomons may be in the running, but they are by no means out in front.

      ALL of these siren-hungry testosterone-OD idiots need to be turned down a few notches before they ever drive again.

  30. The REAL Truth on August 27, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Probably on their way back to the station after a food run in St. Mary’s. Didn’t want the food to get cold?

    • Anonymous on September 2, 2019 at 12:05 pm

      They weren’t going in that direction moron

  31. Somd on August 27, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    You can tell the white truck tried to slow down but it’s negligence on both parties

    • Anonymous on August 27, 2019 at 5:42 pm

      Nope, just the ambulance driver.

    • Another Redneck Yuk-Yuk He-Haw! on August 28, 2019 at 6:39 am

      You can tell what?

      Maybe you should concentrate on not reproducing any offspring.

      I sure hope you are never asked to evaluate any serious situations that matter.

      What an idiot. Have you had your Bud Light today?

  32. Anonymous on August 27, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Looks like the utility truck decided he was not going to stop and let the ambulance through. The truck could have stopped further back. Did you see any brake lights?

    • Johnny5 on August 28, 2019 at 5:26 am

      your ignorance is really bright!

    • Anonymous on August 28, 2019 at 5:53 am

      Not until it was too late.

  33. i hate stupid people on August 27, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    THE AMBULANCE DRIVER IS DUMB AF. POINT. BLANK. PERIOD. NOTHING ELSE NEEDS TO BE DISCUSSED

    • Anonymous on September 2, 2019 at 12:08 pm

      What an ironic name you have considering you can’t even form a proper sentence. LOL!

      • i hate stupid people on September 4, 2019 at 1:38 pm

        BOY BYE! LOL YOU ARE PART OF THE TRASH

  34. BRO on August 27, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    LMFAO!!!! YOOOOO BRUH THIS FUNNY YALL CANT DRIVE DOWN THER

    • Fair Enough - but... on August 28, 2019 at 6:41 am

      But most went to school and learned to write English.

      Unlike you and your family, huh “BRUH”?

  35. Anonymous on August 27, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    That ambulance driver is 100% in the wrong!!!

  36. Bethany Ann Myers on August 27, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    I was there and ‘im SUING!! you all missed the fact a piece of the car hit me my window was down i’m suing the ambulance will be processing this !! see you in court mister crazy driver!!!!

    • Anonymous on August 28, 2019 at 5:54 am

      You sound like a typical yuppie.

  37. Anonymous on August 27, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    thoughts and prayers

    • Not Anonymous, just NYB on August 28, 2019 at 6:51 am

      Well there it is folks!

      The totally “mindless” comment of sheer stupidity has finally been posted – “thoughts and prayers”.

      Neither of which does this “anonymous” idiot have – a thought – or a prayer…..to sincerely offer.

      But they felt the urge to post it, like it was “the universal remedy” for any and all situations.

      I am certainly not against either one of those when truly offered up –

      but why is it that so many LIARS have to post this same line….

      when they know damn well they aren’t giving this another thought –
      (unless it is to gossip about it)

      And we ALL know – 100% sure – that they will NOT be bending their knees to pray for ANYTHING.

      So please – all of you hypocritical liars out there…….STFU with your hollow sentiments.

      It is so hypocritical.

      • Queen of the Iron Throne on August 28, 2019 at 10:25 am

        I guess you’re not a person of faith!

      • Bethany Ann Myers on August 28, 2019 at 6:34 pm

        kinda racist

        • Laura on August 29, 2019 at 12:13 pm

          Bethany Ann Myers, who besides yourself brought up anything about race?

  38. Lesson learned on August 28, 2019 at 6:55 am

    I see this incident as a judgement call. Let me explain. When an ambulance enters an intersection, it enters slows down and sometimes comes to a stop. This is done to allow all vehicles to move to safety and come to a complete stop. Then the ambulance is safe to enter the intersection. This incident I believe should have been handled the same way. With that being said, don’t get me wrong if that was my family member I want them to get them to the hospital fast, but safe. Also I have respect for all of our volunteers, they give up a lot to serve us all. They are extraordinary people and I do believe we all can agree. They are always their for each and everyone of us. I’m not judging anyone, stuff happens. I feel the ambulance maybe should have allowed the vehicles to move to safety before entering the bridge. This was a poor judgment call on the ambulance part. We all make them. This like most things in our life’s is lesson learned.

  39. Concerned Citizen on August 28, 2019 at 7:07 am

    WHAT A SMOOTH COVER!!!

    JLD SAID – ” …A PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENT…”

    Yeah, lucky for you and your department of adrenaline-rushed stiff rods that no one was injured or killed!

    A glaring monument of stupidity and recklessness caught on video for all to see.

    Be glad that most are too ignorant to understand the brazing illegal behavior displayed by this ambulance driver.

    Anyone counting the wrecked emergency vehicles being scored between the St. Mary’s and Calvert County volunteers?

    No wonder they solicit donations so often.

    • Roy DeSoto on August 28, 2019 at 8:40 pm

      First of all, the ambulance driver’s actions were UNACCEPTABLE.

      That being said, I am always amazed at the volunteer haters that show up in these threads. Why do you hate volunteers so much? The ambulance driver’s stupidity is not a reflection of volunteer fire and EMS personnel as a whole, it is a reflection of that individual. Somehow you surmise that volunteers are disproportionately involved in crashes simply because they are volunteers; and, subsequently they dupe their neighbors for donations to cover these expenses.

      I’m not trying to bash our police agencies, I am simply drawing a comparison to expose your tainted view of volunteers. Our local police, who literally drive everyday as a component of their core job function, are involved in far more response related wrecks than the local fire/EMS departments. The police agencies then use our tax dollars, not donations, to repair/replace their vehicles. It seems odd that you, and others like you, don’t take issue with this, but want to constantly bash your neighbors who freely give their time to protect you and your property. I might add that the metropolitan career departments are also frequently in the news for response related wrecks.

      Again, the Solomons ambulance driver’s actions were unacceptable, but it is unfair to use this incident as a means to make it seem like “volunteers” are out of control, reckless, and are willingly wasting what little funding they receive to perform such a vital function in our communities.

      • The REAL Truth on August 30, 2019 at 12:50 pm

        Hey Roy… a couple things here:

        First, it has been found that this ‘driver’ was a convicted felon for vehicular homicide and was still able to be in this position as a “volunteer” able to drive an emergency vehicle. Although hindsight.. it appears that it IS a reflection on a greater part of the volunteer group over in Solomons.

        Second, you speak like our LEO are actively involved in wrecks. They are not. They are merely a “crash response team” as indicated by their lack of traffic and road law enforcement. They talk about stepping up distracted driver enforcement every year but never really do anything about it. Think I am wrong? Just take a look on here every single day and count the DAILY accidents, injuries, and fatalities.

  40. Anonymous on August 28, 2019 at 8:11 am

    The White Truck could have pulled closer to the guard rail. Look at the photo. The White Truck’s driver simply chose not to. Large trucks, including beat up work trucks, expect other vehicles to get out of their way. Seen it hundreds of times. That’s what happened here.

    • Truth talker on August 28, 2019 at 4:42 pm

      You are not familiar with maryland law reguarding yielding to emergency vehicles. It states that coming to a complete stop is yielding the right of way. It helps if you know what you are talking about before you post.
      Oh yeah, the driver of the white truck had a shrink ray that he forgot to use due to the crap in his pants.
      What an idiot!

      • Anonymous on August 29, 2019 at 9:02 am

        So, you are saying the driver of the white truck had a shrink ray, didn’t use it, and is therefor an idiot. ok then.

    • smh on September 11, 2019 at 10:04 am

      dude pull where??? in the water?? smh yall are so dumb

  41. Laughable on August 28, 2019 at 8:46 am

    The bottom line is that the ambulance driver failed to show “Due Regard” to the other drivers.
    It used to be the policy of Solomons VRSFD that they were not to respond while on the bridge.
    Thief training in Emergency Vehicle Operators Course teaches them to show sue regard at all times.
    If someone was injured, a lawyer would hang Solomons out to dry. This is the way they respond
    on many calls. They have ran one family member off of the road, and I have watched them
    blow an intersection. Volunteer drivers have gone to jail before for vehicular manslaughter
    This behavior does not surprise me.

  42. 23tr on August 28, 2019 at 10:36 am

    I like how most of you are blaming the truck or the ambulance. They don’t drive themselves…yet. However it is known what you mean but that you are too lazy to type “the truck driver” or “ambulance driver” etc.

  43. Level head on August 28, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Ok ambulance 100% in the wrong, buuuut….The car in front of him did stop so he had to go around. Still does not excuse him from pulling into oncoming traffic but it was a quick decision that just went wrong. It’s not like he planned it. Really shows the reasoning for not having those lights activated on a bridge. One bad decision led to another under pressure.

  44. Jeff on August 28, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    The bottom line here is that the Ambulance Operator/Driver failed to excerise “Due Regard” in the operation of their Ambulance. Everyone who drives a vehicle are treated equally, until an Emergency Vehicle Operator/Driver turns on their emergency lights and activates their siren(s). Once this is done they are automatically held to a higher degree of driving, commonly referred to as a Professional Driver. We need to ask ourselves what is a “true emergency” and how does it affect me as an emergency vehicle operator? Most states’ vehicle and traffic laws define emergency operations this way: “The opertianing or parking of an authorized emergency vehicle when such vehicle is engaged in transporting a sick or injured person; transporting prisoners; pursuing an actual or suspected violator of the law; or responding, working or assisting at the scene of an accident, disaster, police call, alarm of fire, actual or potential release of hazardous materials or other emergency.

    If an accident occurs, an emergency vehicle operator is likely to be judged in this manner: “Did you have reasonable grounds, based on dispatch information and personnel experience to believe that you were responding to a TRUE EMERGENCY?”

    “a TRUE EMERGENCY is a situation in which there is a high probability of death or serious injury to an individual or significant property loss, and action by (you) an emergency vehicle operator may reduce the seriousness of the situation.”

    If you are involved in an accident where property damage, injury or loss of life occurs, your actions will be evaluated and judged by your department and the citizenry you serve. In most cases, your actions will be judged in a court of law, whether it is a civil court or criminal court, or both. A court will judge your actions from at least two aspects: Was the situation a TRUE EMERGENCY? And did you exercise DUE REGARD for the safety of others?

    According to the DOT manual, “Due Regard is based on circumstances.” In judging “DUE REGARD,” the principal criteria used are: Was there “enough” notice of approach to allow other motorists and pedestrians to clear a path and protect themselves? If you do not give notice of your approach until a collision is inevitable, you have probably not satisfied the principle of due regard for the safety of others.

    In determining whether an emergency vehicle operator was exercising due regard in the use of signaling equipment, for example, the courts will consider, the following points:
    • A. Was it reasonably necessary to use the signaling equipment, given the circumstances?
    • B. Was the signaling equipment actually used?
    • C. Was the signal audible and/or visible to motorists and pedestrians?

    A widely accepted way of determining “due regard” is, “A reasonably careful man performing similar duties and under the same circumstances, would act in the same manner.”

    What was the driver of the ambulance looking at. 1. A white utility truck was existing the bridge and had very little room to the right where a steel gaurd rail is located. 2. A truck was in front of the ambulance and entering the narrow section just before the entrance to the bridge. 3. The Ambulance driver made a decision to disregard “Due Regard”, cross over the double yellow lines of the median, entered oncoming opposing traffic lane, and caused an accident. All drivers on the road are responsible to ensure that they operate their personal vehicles in a safe manner that prevents an accident.

    You may be asking yourself who am I? Well to answer your question. I am an Emergency Vehicle Operator/Driver. I have been driving emergency vehicles for over 11 years and that means I know what I am talking about. One thing that we all need to remember is that by this states traffic laws there are exceptions for emergency vehciles. These exceptions exceptions are normally referred to as privileges. It is a privilege, but with that privilege there comes responsibility. As an operator/driver of an approved emergency vehicle, you are held liable (Criminal and/or Civil) for any accident or damage that you may have caused while responding to a call.

    For the enterence to the Thomas Johnson Bridge, it is common practice for emergency vehciles to turn off their emergency lights and siren(s) at the intersection of South Patuxent Beach Road and 4, just prior to the entrance of the bridge (St. Mary’s side). The reality is that with lights and sirens on you are statistically four times more likely to get into an accident and that there ia a 10 times more liklihood of serious injury and/or death within the confines of that accident, perhaps even the crew.

    • Anonymous on August 29, 2019 at 1:11 pm

      Yea…I stopped reading after your 2nd line, once I realized your post took up the entire screen, and then some

      • Anonymous on August 31, 2019 at 8:48 pm

        No kidding. This is the COMMENTS section, not the novel area.

  45. Career Guy on August 28, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Volunteers at “work.” Can’t help anyone if you don’t get there. The hobbyists costs us more money. Again.

  46. Pam442 on August 28, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    It sure does read page 41 of the MVA hand book. Looks like both vehicles failed to pull to the curb and stop. Did the usual St Marys county not stop but keep going at a slower speed. Then if they did stop they were almost opposite each other. Now we have an ambulance drive punished because the vehicle drivers did not pull over and stop without obstructing the roadway. But the MVA book did not say if on a bridge don’t stop opposite the car in the other lane and expect a fat ambulance to fit between! Who ties your shoes in the morning?

    • Cap'n Obvious on August 29, 2019 at 1:13 pm

      Thank you Pam!!!

  47. Anonymous on August 29, 2019 at 8:08 am

    The guy driving is already a convicted felon for vehicular manslaughter in Calvert County from the early to mid 2000’s. But because his step father is a higher up at Calvert County fire rescue and the Solomons VRSFD bylaws allow convicted felons to be members is the reason why he is still allowed to be part of Calvert. He should not be a member anywhere in the State of Maryland.

    • Anonymous on August 30, 2019 at 10:04 am

      And definitely NOT a driver of apparatus!

  48. Derp on August 29, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Thoughts and prayers I think

  49. wow on August 29, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    R U Sing me! christ…. throw him in jail

  50. Thomas Johnson on August 29, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Personally, I don’t give a damn.

    • Harry Nice on September 1, 2019 at 7:53 am

      I see what you did there, nice!

  51. Anonymous on August 30, 2019 at 9:20 am

    Shouldn’t this be a talking point for our county commissioners with MDOT and Gov Hogan?

  52. The REAL Truth on August 30, 2019 at 10:14 am

    So it took less than 3 days to find out this guy was a convicted felon for vehicle related homicides after he did this BUT, no one found this out BEFORE approving him to be a volunteer responsible for driving an emergency vehicle on our roads?

    Way to go Solomon’s! Top notch work!

    • Anonymous on August 30, 2019 at 1:51 pm

      He was ALREADY a volunteer firefighter at the time of the 2006 accident and yet they did not kick him out after being convicted!!!!

  53. Becky Hance on August 30, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Wow! The ambulance driver wasn’t even vetted/qualified to be a VOLUNTEER, yet, he was a VOLUNTEER. The States Attorneys Office needs to look into the process that allowed him to be a VOLUNTEER FIRE/EMS MEMBER.

    • Former SVFDRS Volunteer on August 30, 2019 at 2:29 pm

      Becky,

      Brian is absolutely vetted/qualified to be a volunteer. He is a huge asset to Solomons and regularly receives yearly awards for highest number of calls responded to. Chances are if you call an ambulance in southern Calvert, he will be responding to it. He is a passionate, committed member of Solomons and passionately serves the citizens of the county as a volunteer. He made a mistake here, obviously. The department is handling it. I don’t see the purpose in SMNEWSNET dredging up the past in this manner to slander a person who gives so much of themselves to the county. What a shame.

      • Will on August 31, 2019 at 3:37 am

        He’s a felon… How is that vetted??

        • Sad but true on August 31, 2019 at 6:18 pm

          Solomons allows felons as members. They have many felons on the roster

          • NotACriminal on September 1, 2019 at 7:55 am

            Should call that place Felonmons.

      • im still gonna sue him on September 4, 2019 at 1:35 pm

        no hes not hes trash!!!! lock him up!!!!

    • JUST A DUMBASS NON DRIVING VOLUNTEER on August 30, 2019 at 4:00 pm

      PLEASE FEEL FREE TO JOIN A VOLUNTEER DEPARTMENT BEFORE ALL YOU DUMBASS KEYBOARD WARRIORS KEEP GOING. I HOPE THAT I NEVER HAVE TO BREAK THE LAW TO RESPOND TO YOUR CHILD OR SPOUSE THAT MAY OR MAY NOT DIE IF IM NOT THERE AS QUICKLY AS I CAN. I DO IT EVERYDAY AND MOST OF THE TIME, UNLIKE THIS TIME ITS THE OTHER IDIOT DRIVERS ON THE ROAD PLAYING ON THEIR CELL PHONES OR DOING THIER MAKE UP THAT CAUSE THE WRECKS. HAVE A GREAT DAY!!

      • Rachel Madcow on August 31, 2019 at 9:32 am

        Circle the wagons! Protect the women, children, mentality challenged and volunteers! But that’s redundant. Hilarious! Protect the hobby at all costs. Pay no attention to MVA records, everyone gets to drive the ambulance….sounds like Oprah!

      • JUST A LAW ABIDING CITIZEN on August 31, 2019 at 2:28 pm

        ” I HOPE THAT I NEVER HAVE TO BREAK THE LAW TO RESPOND TO YOUR CHILD OR SPOUSE THAT MAY OR MAY NOT DIE IF IM NOT THERE AS QUICKLY AS I CAN.”

        When you say “break the law”, do you mean go hill hopping and cause an accident that kills 2 other people?

        Asking for a friend…

      • Anonymous on August 31, 2019 at 6:45 pm

        WOW! You really made that statement! As a former volunteer firefighter and retired paid firefighter… you represent exactly what gives volunteers a bad rap. You should be riding shotgun with Bowen!

      • BOY BYE! on September 4, 2019 at 1:35 pm

        PLEASE DONT BREAK THE LAW TO RESPOND TO ME OR MY FAMILY I DONT NEED CONVICTS TRYING TO SAVE A HO.

  54. Lorraine Dusseau on August 30, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    3i agree whole heartedly. No shoulder. Don’t panic the driver’s or you’ll have a worse mess. I was an EMT in the 90s in Connecticut. W had narrow roads. We should people who were allowed to respond in their private cars/trucks. The point of SCENE SAFETY is the priority everywhere, including roads, streets , bridges, etc. That was not safe.Irresponsible driving is not a right.

    Fifteen miles over the speed limit was our max. This driver needs some ego slashing. [ In police they used to call it “Badge Heavy” -using badge to bully people]…in these cases driver needs anger management, community service, (retraining, repeting driver training: “Ambulance driver”)at the least: Getting terminated at the most. I understand needing people round the clock but with this kind of press, this is not a group of people I would want to join and be associated with. This is a huge PR mess.
    Sad, sad, Now a tragedy as well is now associated with egos not in check.This is the worse. People trusted in saving lives have their names associated with CAUSING others to LOOSE THEIR LIVES. I pray the families have peace and justice is done.

    • Anonymous on September 2, 2019 at 3:00 pm

      I tried to read what you wrote but your grammar was awful. Do you understand the difference between “lose” and “loose”?

  55. John Benoder on August 30, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    What do you big mouth’s have to say now?? LoL…..crickets….

    • Bendmybone on August 31, 2019 at 9:31 am

      Maybe just STFU? I’m sure you’ve heard that many times.

  56. Gimmie on August 30, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    THE AMBULANCE IS IN-BETWEEN TWO VEHICALS ON A BRIDGE WHERE THERE IS NO WHERE TO PULL OVER SO ALL YOU MONKEES ON HERE BLAMING THE OTHER DRIVERS WIESS IS HAVING A SALE ON BANNANAS. NOT TO MENTION THE FACT. Bowen became a convicted felon after he was found guilty of two counts of Vehicular Manslaughter, Second Degree Assault, and Reckless Driving in 2007. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but it was suspended down to 18 months in jail. AND SHOULD NEVER BE DRIVING AN AMBULANCE.

    • SMDH on September 13, 2019 at 11:47 pm

      Amen

  57. Anonymous on August 30, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    HOW DO YOU KILL 2 PEOPLE AND ONLY GET 10 YEARS? AND ONLY SERVE 18 MONTHS? THESE JUDGES AND DA’S HAVE TO BE REPLACED IMMEDIATELY.THIS IS INSANE.

  58. Anonymous on August 30, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    I was on the bridge when this happened, We saw ambulance lights and everyone hit their brakes. Suddenly I saw the ambulance turn its lights off and drive normal. I didn’t get to see when the ambulance ripped the mirror off the white truck but I did the pieces on the road, then when I was off the bridge, the white truck pulled over on the shoulder. I hope they get their mirror paid.

  59. Oh no on August 30, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Brian is not the only convicted felon at SVRSFD. Solomons changed their qualifications by allowing known felons to
    join. A past chief allowed his son who was arrested and found guilty of armed burglary
    in another state. Another past chiefs/presidents son was convicted of a cds charge.
    A child molester was allowed to join. Plus, a past chief was convicted of assault charges
    I do not want felons from solomons in my house. Solomons is the only volunteer
    organization that accepts jail birds. If you think I am telling a lie, ask any member in the southern end

    • Donna on September 10, 2019 at 11:23 am

      Funny how you hide behind No no.

  60. Will on August 31, 2019 at 3:36 am

    How the hell is a felon allowed to be a first responder??

    • SafeCommunitys4Us on August 31, 2019 at 1:08 pm

      Probably because it’s Swallowmens VFD. That’s how they roll over there. It would be very interesting to see an audit of their members current legal status and past actions that would preclude their current membership as a volunteer, anywhere in the county. It would be a good start to weed out the felons and associated miscreants.

  61. Anonymous on August 31, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Doesn’t look like slander, just relevant and factual driver record information about a person potentially at fault in a new motor vehicle incident. I respect the work you guys do, but you need to respect the public trust placed in your organization and how bad the situation surrounding this individual undermines it.

    • Brett Thompson on August 31, 2019 at 1:09 pm

      Boom! On point!

  62. Baud9600 on August 31, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Definition of ACCIDENT, please?

    Mirrors are replaceable but lives are not.
    Better judgement was needed.

  63. Concerned FF/EMT/EVO Driver on August 31, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    There’s a lot of misinformation going through the comment section. A lot.

    Hi there. Practicing first responder here. I can’t tell you how much seeing things like this being done angers me. Further, the system in both Saint Mary’s and Calvert being what they are, the blame is never adequately placed, nor is the proper action ever seemingly taken.

    This is one incident in a long line-up of issues going on with emergency services being ‘all volunteer’ now. You cannot train your people the right way, and from reading what several of the attesting first responders in this thread are saying, you guys could benefit from taking EVO again.

    In EVO (Emergency Vehicle Operator’s class), you are taught that you cannot proceed lights and sirens over any bridge. Period. Even if you have CPR in progress in the back, there is nowhere for drivers to go. And as someone who drives emergency apparatus, I can tell you that you all in the general public? You freak out and do unnecessary things when we get behind you going lights and sirens. Your job as the public? Pull over. Not -stop-, not -jump three lanes and into a ditch-, just pull a lane over. I’ll do my best to safely proceed around you if you just do that much.

    So, that being said? This is totally wrong on the driver’s account. And I say that not only as a driver and first responder, but someone who knows the at-fault driver to a degree. His past be damned, he should’ve known better than to do what he did.

    Instead of slinging more mud, let Solomon’s know how you feel about someone putting your safety at risk. You’re the general public, and that station should be serving you and not vice-versa. A lot of Solomon’s people will probably not like it, but they’re only given the authority to do what they do because you, the general public, request it.

    My suggestion? Maybe it’s high time some stations in the Southern Maryland area took EVO refreshers. Remember: a member of MFRI can come down and teach the class on any of your drill nights. Just my suggestion!

    • Anonymous on September 2, 2019 at 12:43 pm

      Or get some real professionals. We aren’t a little small town anymore. With the amount of people, the amount of taxes we pay, the number of calls, we deserve some real first responders.

  64. Dan on September 1, 2019 at 8:31 am

    “At approximately 11:45 p.m., Bowen almost hopped his 1999 Ford Contour directly into another car. As he swerved to avoid the collision his car rolled over several times before it came to a rest on its roof. William Joshua Fabricante, 20, of St. Leonard, was pronounced dead at the scene, and Megan Elizabeth Jackson, 16, of Huntingtown, was taken to Calvert Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
    Amanda Moore Gaylon, 18, of Huntingtown was also taken to the hospital where she was treated and released.”

    Where did all those those people come from? Were they in his car? The other car? The side of the road? Who wrote this article?

    • Anonymous on September 2, 2019 at 12:35 pm

      Obviously they were passengers, it clearly states he avoided the other car. You just suck at reading comprehension, that’s a personal problem. Not the author.

    • Bozo on September 3, 2019 at 1:29 pm

      Maybe it was a clown car?

  65. Anonymous on September 1, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Common problem in the writing of this news source.

    • Anonymous on September 1, 2019 at 5:52 pm

      More of a common problem with police reports being written and released the way they area. But then again, it’s from 2007. So whiny.

  66. ATTORNEY on September 5, 2019 at 8:57 am

    BETHANY ANN MYERS IS A WOMEN WHO WAS STRUCK BY A PEICE OF THE RUCK AND IS NOW SUING. SHE WILL WIN!

    • J Cochrane on September 6, 2019 at 8:38 am

      Why sue when it most likely improved her looks? If the “peice of the ruck” could only improve her language and typing skills……

      • ATTORNEY on September 10, 2019 at 8:16 am

        J COCKROACH…MIND YOUR BUSINESS LMAO

  67. Anonymous on September 5, 2019 at 11:17 am

    Citation Number: 0000009700CRH DRIVING VEHICLE ON HIGHWAY EXCEEDING ALLOWABLE WEIGHT OF 70000LBS BY 5400LBS
    That’s from 2017, not 2007. Look familiar Jonathan?

  68. Anonymous on September 6, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    This man took the lives of two people by acting like an idiot, only served 18 months, still has a license and is a volunteer fire fighter? And now this? Why on earth does he even have a license let alone being allowed to be a VFF and drive the equipment? I sure hope the department bans him for life! He could have very well took a life/loves again by his ignorant actions on the bridge!

  69. Cj on September 10, 2019 at 8:41 am

    How about failure to control speed to avoid motor vehicle collision? Smh.

  70. Anonymous on September 10, 2019 at 10:28 am

    SOMEONE SERIOUSLY NEEDS TO INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE WHO PULLED STRINGS TO GET HIM BACK INTO THE EMS.SHOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED,HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE.

  71. Amelia on September 10, 2019 at 10:29 am

    i’m still trying to figure out how someone gets 18 months for killing two people. someone must’ve known the right people .

    • 20619 on September 12, 2019 at 8:05 am

      Sounds about white. I mean right.

  72. RACHAEL on September 10, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    THAT TRASH NEEDS TO BE FIRED TOO! HE KILLED TWO PEOPLE AND HURT POOR OL BETHANY ANN MYERS IN THIS ACCIDENT!

    • Anonymous on September 11, 2019 at 2:58 pm

      I agree with you 100%. He should never be able hold that kind of job whether paid or volunteer with his driving record and the fact he was charged for vehicular manslaughter. I know we need ppl willing to give up their time to do the work but they need to thoroughly check these backgrounds.

    • Jenny Craig on September 15, 2019 at 8:44 am

      Word! But Bethany was already a train wreck, no harm no foul with that beefalo.

      • R.E.S.P.E.C.T on September 16, 2019 at 7:48 am

        Bethany ann is elderly! have some respect!

        • NoRespect4Her on September 18, 2019 at 3:42 pm

          Who cares? She’s just wasting our O2 and tying up bridge traffic. Next time she needs to made a hard right, or left, at the top of the bridge.

  73. Wherecanigonowthat theambulanceisconingthrough. on September 10, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Apparently you didn’t read the whole article where is says, “NO LIGHTS OR SIERNS GOUNG ACROSS THE THOMAS JOHNSON BRIDGE OR THE RT. 231 BRIDGE.” NOW, whatch the video and tell us where the oerson in the truck was suppose to go? Please read and absorb what you read before you speak.

  74. BRO on September 11, 2019 at 10:06 am

    YOOO THIS POST STILL LIT AFTER ALL THIS TIME! THIS IS FUNNY AF!

  75. BOB on September 11, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    The Fire Department haves on there staff people with records. I think the public would not like what they see.

  76. Anonymous on September 12, 2019 at 9:19 am

    What happened to the person waiting for the ambulance?

  77. Corporate Governance Auditor on September 12, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    This exposes a much DEEPER problem in our EMS System. Keep digging FOLKS. Follow the money and the families tied to these nonprofits. A Nonprofit is the simplest way to scam money and have it covered up.

  78. Anonymous on September 12, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    I see so many red flags. He was a convincted felon due to reckless driving… And lights and sire s should never be used crossing the bridge… I don’t think he should have been allowed to drive an emergency vehicle.