Charges Pending in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident Involving Ice Cream Truck, SUV, and Two Motorcycles

October 6, 2019

UPDATE 10/6/2019@ 5:00 p.m.: On October 5, 2019, at approximately 3:54 p.m., officers responded to the area of Radio Station Road near Laurel Springs Park in La Plata for the report of a crash.

A preliminary investigation revealed the driver of a Honda SUV crossed the center line on Radio Station Road and struck an ice cream truck which was traveling in the opposite direction. The impact caused the ice cream truck to flip over, which in turn led to a multi-vehicle crash involving vehicles that were behind the truck. One of the vehicles was a Harley Davidson motorcycle being operated by Timothy Anthony Brown, 54, of Landover. He was flown to a hospital where he died as a result of his injuries. The driver of the Honda SUV struck a tree causing his vehicle to catch on fire. Several bystanders, including an off-duty Maryland State Trooper, helped pull the driver out of the car and to safety. He was flown to a hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the ice cream truck was also flown to a hospital with serious injuries. One other person was injured and transported to an area hospital with injuries that do not appear to be life-threatening. Three other people were involved, but did not require medical treatment.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Operations Unit is continuing the investigation.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call Cpl. Brad Saunders at (301) 609-6225.

Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation and a review by the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office.

10/6/2019: On Saturday, October 5, 2019, at approximately 4:00 p.m., police fire, and rescue personnel responded to the area of Radio Station Road and Mudds Way in La Plata, for the reported motor vehicle accident with one vehicle overturned.

Crews arrived on the scene to find a SUV, an ice cream truck, an two motorcycles involved, with the ice cream truck overturned and the SUV off the roadway, into a tree and on fire.

Multiple Good Samaritans pulled one occupant from a burning SUV.

The La Plata Volunteer Fire Department reported three patients were flown from the scene by Maryland State Police Helicopters, along with three other patients transported to area hospitals.

Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack and the CRASH Team responded to the scene to conduct reconstruction.

Updates will be provided when they become available.