Alcohol Contributing Factor in Head-on Collision on Thomas Johnson Bridge

September 28, 2019

On September 27, 2019 at approximately 7:50 p.m., deputies from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported head-on collision involving three vehicles on top of the Thomas Johnson Bridge in Solomons.

Preliminary investigation revealed, a 1989 Volvo operated by Raymond Jones Sr., 51 of Lexington Park, was traveling South on Route 4 reported to be all over the roadway. As the Volvo entered the Thomas Johnson Bridge, it crossed the center line, striking a Ford truck head on operated by Charles McConnell, 41 of California, and his two passengers. The Volvo continued southbound on the bridge, striking a Dodge truck operated by James Herbert, 36 of Mechanicsville, and four juvenile passengers.

Jones was transported to Prince Georges Hospital Center via Maryland State Police helicopter where he is listed in critical but stable condition.

All other victims involved in the crash were treated on scene and signed refusals for medical treatment.

At this time driver error and alcohol appear to be contributing factors in this crash. The crash remains under investigation.

Additional resources to include the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Team, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police, and the State Highway Administration were summoned to the scene. Numerous witness accounts corroborated the evidence found on scene.

Anyone who witnessed the accident or events leading to the crash are asked to contact Sgt. T. Phelps with the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office at (410) 535-2800.

34 Responses to Alcohol Contributing Factor in Head-on Collision on Thomas Johnson Bridge

  1. Citizen on September 28, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Nationally , state punishment for these types of incidents
    are not strict or severe enough to deter drunk ./drugged drivers

    I propose sweeping new legislation applied to all states”:

    Get caught drunk or drugged driving : Automatic 50 years prison
    Kill while drunk or drugged driving : Death penalty

    NO paroles , no early out for good behavior, no Presidential or Governor pardons>
    Will this stop all drunk or drugged drivers 100%
    But it will impact the statistics and will save more innocent lives than the laws we presently have .
    Marylands’ Noahs’ Law does help but still does not send a strong enough message to deter , this is why we must impose the death penalty .

    Our punishment system has severe flaws when a drunk driver can kill and only receive a punishment of 5 ,,, 7 or 10 years in prison for the death of 1 person .

    Lobby for change …

    • Steny Hoyer on September 30, 2019 at 9:50 am

      It will be considered extremely racist and slanted against minorities unless it only applies to white people… Just like ever other law on the books.

    • We wanna know on September 30, 2019 at 10:04 am

      Where is your proposal for this change? Can we sign a petition somewhere?…or are you simply on your electronic soapbox?

    • Sofa_King_Kewl on September 30, 2019 at 4:10 pm

      While we’re at it, now that we’re charging drug dealers with muder for selling drugs, let’s charge those who sell the alcohol.

      • Anonymous on October 1, 2019 at 11:03 am

        Idiot!!! Charge stores for selling? They are charging the illegal drug dealers. People old enough to purchase and consume alcohol are responsible for the decisions they make once that alcohol is purchased and consumed. Its called being an adult. Go tell your convict kid drug dealer you tried.

        • Sofa_King_Kewl on October 2, 2019 at 4:58 pm

          Somehow, people are old enough to purchase and consume some drugs and are held responsible for the decisions they make, and it’s called being an adult. Arbitrarily, if its another drug, we hold other adults responsible for their actions.

          Prohibition didn’t work in the 20s and 30s, and no backward logic will make it work in 2019.

        • Anonymous on October 3, 2019 at 5:00 pm

          You don’t sarcasm do you?

  2. Gary B on September 28, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Luckily none of those vehicles went over the side. When are people gonna learn, this idiot could have killed alot of people.

  3. SBD on September 28, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    One of the reasons I never use that POS bridge. The rare chance I go to St. Mary’s I take 231 around. This might not happen often, but I”ll be damned if I’m driving that high with no room for error, I can take the extra time.

    • sadie dickerson on September 29, 2019 at 8:16 pm

      Same here

    • Anonymous on September 29, 2019 at 8:19 pm

      So what is the difference between the two bridges? What makes the 231 bridge so much better? They’re both two lane bridges. Are you afraid of heights? Do you have proven facts that only drunk drivers cross over the Johnson bridge? What is IT?!? We’re dying to know!!

      • SBD on September 30, 2019 at 8:12 pm

        Well stupid ass, I’ll answer in order. Pretend I’m talking slow (read slow) as I can see your comprehension sucks.
        The difference is the heighth. Both have no room for error but the higher bridge has a much lower chance of survivability if you go off the side as it is the equivalent of driving off a 14 storey building.
        I don’t need proof that only drunk driver’s cross the TJ Bridge as if you read again slowly – “One” of the reasons” and “This might not happen often”. But you are proof that drunks do comment on this news site. There are other problems added to the
        unnecessary lethal heighth, like the stress cracks found in the bases of the bridge
        Pylons in 1988 that rusty steel bands and filler hold together. Given that, age, and that the bridge was never designed to handle the amount of traffic it does, is pretty much a recipe for a shi# pie. How did your dumb ass not know all of this? You can use that POS bridge all you want, good luck.

        • Anonymous on October 2, 2019 at 7:45 am

          How many cars have gone over that bridge?

          • blank on October 2, 2019 at 8:44 am

            Have any cars went over the side? I really don’t know. I heard that the bridge was in bad shape – but just curious.

          • SBD on October 2, 2019 at 11:16 pm

            Dont know if any have or not. Dont want to be the first.
            About 9 accidents, 4 being fatal, 14 deaths jumping over, 6 survived.
            Building that high again would lend itself to the same stress cracking problem and would be a waste of money on the extra material than lower drawbridge.(2 lanes each way, with shoulders) half of the Woodrow Wilson.

      • Synonymous on October 3, 2019 at 7:58 pm

        What IDIOT wouldn’t see the difference in the 2 bridges? Benedict – 17 feet (almost 2 storeys / Gov. Thomas Johnson – 140 feet (14 storeys). 123 feet is the difference, numbnuts. People leave when you enter a room, don’t they?

        • Anonymous on October 5, 2019 at 11:12 am

          Storeys? Wow you’re retarded.

          • Sunonymous on October 8, 2019 at 11:33 am

            Stores is the proper term, retard. Story is the bastardized term and what your mommy reads you at night.

    • Paula on October 6, 2019 at 6:26 pm

      This can happen anywhere.

      • Synonymous on October 7, 2019 at 8:39 pm

        Kinda not the point there pookie.

  4. Anonymous on September 28, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Hopefully you all will post pictures.

  5. Jim on September 28, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    Ought to be a law against drinking and driving.

    • ShAwN on September 30, 2019 at 9:52 am

      Cigarettes and tobacco are designed to kill. Wake up people.

  6. Anonymous on September 28, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    Damn, drunk driving Ray…wtf..
    Thank goodness no one was killed

  7. john holman on September 29, 2019 at 9:03 am

    all bridges should be built with a barrier down the middle!

  8. Ryan on September 29, 2019 at 10:07 am

    I’m sure your lobby for change will fix this . Why don’t you get elected as a judge while you’re at it.

  9. Anonymous #13 on September 29, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    I listened to this on the scanner. I hate that bridge, too, and hate driving in broad daylight much less in the dark. Ambulance had to back up on the bridge in the dark to get to injured driver. Must have been a nightmare for the first responders. Cheers to first responders and I hope Mr. Jones survives and realizes how incredibly serious and dangerous this is.

    • Anonymous on September 30, 2019 at 5:41 am

      All of the ambulances around here have plenty of lights. It’s ok for you to return to your safe place sparky.

    • Anonymous on September 30, 2019 at 10:05 am

      I thought broadcasts were now all scrambled…

  10. Vegas on September 30, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    why on earth would you sign a care refusal form when this is a law suit just waiting, if I was one those injured Mr. Jones would become my indentured servant for the rest of his life and his wife my permanent house maid.

    • Anonymous on September 30, 2019 at 5:21 pm

      Why, one they didn’t know he was drunk at the accident and two INSURANCE FRAUD, if they weren’t injuried they weren’t injuried

    • Anonymous on September 30, 2019 at 7:18 pm

      And you’re part of the problem with modern day society

      • Vegas on September 30, 2019 at 9:25 pm

        yea but would get my pound of salt out of him and his wife

  11. Anonymous on September 30, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    prayers for the victim