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.




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

  1. Anonymous on October 6, 2019 at 11:49 am

    Willing to bet speeding and illegal passing are contributing factors.

    • Anonymous on October 6, 2019 at 9:16 pm

      Doubtful.

    • Anonymous on October 7, 2019 at 8:53 am

      Looks like passing on a curve.

      • Wiggy on October 7, 2019 at 1:16 pm

        Looks more like distracted by something, and missed the curve and drifted into the other lane

    • The armchair reconstructionists got this.... on October 10, 2019 at 1:03 pm

      So you don’t think it was a plot to steal Nutty Buddies that went wrong?

  2. Sue Hoffman Hopkins on October 6, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    Praying for ALL involved.❤

    • Well just between us, could I ask you ... on October 10, 2019 at 1:05 pm

      How many is that on your list?

      Is this a daily commitment or just a one time thing?

  3. Anonymous on October 6, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    thoughts and prayers for the injured/impaired

    • Quick - another order for the drive Thru on October 11, 2019 at 6:49 am

      OK – that’s a total of 6 “T&P” specials?

      3 each injured, 3 impaired.

      Please drive around to the first window.

  4. Ct on October 6, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    I hope the police took possession of the Honda drivers cell phone to see if it was in use at the time of the incident.

  5. Ridge_boy on October 6, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    I’ll take cell phone distracted drivers for 1000 alex

  6. Anonymous on October 6, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    unbelievable , all that road…white lines…big red vehicle ..and car driver couldn’t see what ?????

    • You Grassy Dog! on October 10, 2019 at 1:16 pm

      You are a RACIST!

      Always about color, ISN’T IT?

  7. Anonymous on October 7, 2019 at 3:59 am

    Prayers and condolences to the victim’s family of the motorcyclist. Prayers to ALL that was involved.

  8. LackofFocus on October 7, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Sounds like texting to me.

    • Anonymous on October 8, 2019 at 6:40 am

      Doesn’t really matter now, does it?

      I mean the part about what it “sounds like” to you.

      • Lackoffocus on October 9, 2019 at 7:09 pm

        Wow, a little touchy are you? I hate to see how you’d react when someone smacks you upside your head.

        • Not touchy - but not afraid of county rednecks either. on October 10, 2019 at 1:25 pm

          No. What you would really HATE, is to be the silly fool to try that.

          “boy”.

          • LackofFocus on October 11, 2019 at 6:41 pm

            Just like a little dog, all bark and no bite. Chump

        • Lackoffocus on October 14, 2019 at 7:21 pm

          Why have my comments been censored, will “Not touchy…” have another cow or something?

      • Anonymous on October 12, 2019 at 12:36 pm

        Poor Baby, did someone urinate in your corn flakes this morning?

  9. Be ashamed on October 7, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    4 lanes worth of asphalt, and somebody still managed to cause a head-on collision!

    • a question for Mr. Sporty on his recent post about the #lanes on October 10, 2019 at 1:34 pm

      What’s your point there sporty?

      Never saw where increasing the number of lanes altogether voided the potential for an accident.

      The mix of humans, speeds, vehicles, and the simple distractions from the joy of driving –
      all seem to add up to allowing one, sooner or later.

      Terrible things when they happen – but they WILL happen unfortunately.

    • Pam442 on October 11, 2019 at 10:42 am

      That is two lanes only, the solid white lines are the lane limits called a Fog line. The other side of the white lines is the beloved Improved Shoulder.

  10. Anonymous on October 8, 2019 at 9:38 am

    NO EXCUSE FOR THIS RECKLESS IDIOT DRIVERS WHO NEED TO BE PUNISHED.

    • Woe there little doggies on October 10, 2019 at 1:28 pm

      Wow dude.

      With all the carnage – I believe some amount of punishment has already been handed out.

      An accident is horribly bad for everyone. We need to be a help to these folks – not scold em.

  11. Anonymous on October 10, 2019 at 5:28 am

    all that space..!!!!!white lines…a 20mph turn..????? and on top of that a red vehicle with ice cream music…. couldn’t pull that turn turn..!!!!! what was/were person looking at ??? to see if they had ice cream change!!!

  12. Mike on October 11, 2019 at 6:01 am

    I drive that road everyday and people fly down it distracted. They always cross the lines. People ride their bikes with children and jog on that road. They need to make it a 35-30 mph. I hate that but people are too stupid these days.

  13. Anonymous on October 11, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    All of you are so damn stupid.
    Someone lost their life and all you can talk about is white lines, red truck, curve, cell phone usage blah blah blah..the damn driver was DRUNK!!! He was trying to leave the scene AFTER hitting another vehicle and lost control of the car and caught fire. If only they had let his ass stayed in the car and burn to death for his negligence. Yeah, I said IT!!

  14. Anonymous on October 13, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Someone was killed just a few hundred yards from this spot about 2 years ago