27-Year-Old Lusby Woman Killed in Motor Vehicle Accident

October 9, 2019

On Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at approximately 9:05 a.m., deputies from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the area of northbound MD Route 4 just south of MD Route 765 (HG Trueman Road north entrance) in Lusby, for a report of a single vehicle collision.

Upon arrival, it was determined that 2009 Toyota Corolla was traveling northbound on MD Route 4 and the driver lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle left the roadway and struck several trees on the east side of MD Route 4.

The operator of the vehicle was identified as Denisha Rashida Stephen, 27, of Lusby. Stephen succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene.

At this time, vehicle speed and driver error are major contributing factors to this collision.

This collision is under investigation by Cpl. V. Bortchevsky of the Crash Reconstruction Team. Anyone with additional information about the collision are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (410) 535-2800 or e-mail Cpl. V. Bortchevsky at vlad.bortchevsky@calvertcountymd.gov

58 Responses to 27-Year-Old Lusby Woman Killed in Motor Vehicle Accident

  1. Be Careful on the road .save a life on October 9, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    I am terribly sorry this happened to such a young life . As well I am sorry for family and friends .

    Yet , as it appears this may be her fault and luckily no one else was hurt or killed .
    We must use incidents like this to mentor to others on how to be observant safe law abiding drivers.

    We all must learn to behave as though people in other cars are our friends / loved ones and operate our vehicles in a lawful safe manner . Society has learned to behave callous ,inconsiderate and unsafe in their driving habits . Speeding above posted engineered speed limits is clearly unsafe.

    Please use this unfortunate incident to mentor to others , so that she does not die in vane .

    • Anonymous on October 9, 2019 at 5:54 pm

      Accidents are called “accidents” for a reason..

      • Anonymous on October 9, 2019 at 9:11 pm

        Accidents can be prevented if people are more careful. According to the article, At this time, vehicle speed and driver error are major contributing factors to this collision. This was an unfortunate incident, which could have prevented with the drive being more careful. Prayers for her family and friends.

      • Anonymous on October 10, 2019 at 5:22 am

        Especially when it’s an act that couldn’t have been prevented. In this case it sounds like this was negligence.

    • Mrs K on October 9, 2019 at 6:07 pm

      Agree wholeheartedly as it seems these days better than 65 mph is acceptable anytime anywhere. If your running late guess what speed and careless error and you may not get to where your heading . Drive like there’s a loved one with you or in other cars! What great advice! We are all precious cargo to somebody ! A very sad day for her family & friends prayers to all!!

      • Anonymous on October 10, 2019 at 7:11 am

        65+ is acceptable anytime anywhere? Tell that to the cops writing me tickets for 60 :)

    • Anonymous on October 9, 2019 at 9:37 pm

      I am not saying this had happened. But it is a possibility . Have you given it a thought a deer may had ran out in front of her. And that she tried to avoid it and lost control of her car. Causing it to go in the woods. Deer do move around in that area and at that time of day.
      Only one person knows what had happened and sadly to say is unable to tell it.
      So, before you go preaching on speeding and inconsiderate and unsafe driving habits. Think before you speak. May she rest in peace and her family will find peace in their tragic time in life

    • Daddysboy on October 9, 2019 at 11:16 pm

      Shut up. Your comment makes no valid help to the incident. You just need self validation of making a comment on something that pertains to nothing in your life other than making you just another Facebook prayer giving individual.

      • Daddysboy2 on October 11, 2019 at 7:33 am

        Give it a rest slappy.

      • Anonymous on October 11, 2019 at 7:53 am

        The point I was making was. Not everyone that is killed in a car accident was speeding and driving carelessly. Things pop up when lease expected. Now you shut up.

  2. Anonymous on October 9, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    This woman was full of love.

    • Anonymous on October 10, 2019 at 5:23 am

      As am I.

  3. Anonymous on October 9, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Sad, Im constantly telling my 26yr old child to slow down..

    God bless her and her love ones

  4. Tanika on October 9, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    How dare you jump to conclusions when all of the facts have not been released or confirmed. She could have been experiencing a medical emergency… There are so many factors that could have contributed to this accident that would be completely out of the drivers control. Furthermore, saying that “luckily no other lives were lost” is totally insensitive….ONE LIFE IS TOO MUCH.

    • Liz on October 9, 2019 at 11:48 pm

      So true, this is so sad…my prayers to her family and friends…so heartbreaking

    • Dick on October 10, 2019 at 5:03 am

      Comments were clearly thought out with no ill intent. Chill out a hole

    • Yup on October 10, 2019 at 10:30 am

      No… it’s not. Thankfully.

  5. Connie Mickens on October 9, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Our Heartfelt Condolences go out to the family, loved ones and friends..

  6. Anonymous on October 9, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    I’m sorry, but if you were not in the car with this young lady, you have no idea if she was speeding or not. To make an assumption is callous on your part. Your first statements are negated by your following statements. God does not make mistakes, and you should not judge, so watch what you post, if ypu were not there. I hope you never have to deal with a situation like this. If you must know, i know this beautiful soul personally, and she will be missed.

    • Anonymous on October 9, 2019 at 8:31 pm

      The assumption was probably based on the fact that it was determined that speed, and driver error were major contributing factors, as the article points out. Sorry for the loss of someone you know, but you can’t throw out facts because you don’t want to believe it.

    • Ed on October 10, 2019 at 5:04 am

      God? Lol come on already. Look around. Grow up

    • Anonymous on October 10, 2019 at 5:21 am

      Ignorance is bliss eh?

    • Anonymous on October 10, 2019 at 10:07 am

      With all due respect, the article states “Speed and driver error ARE major contributions to this accident”. It is reasonable to comment when officials state this as fact. It is a sad situation for friends and loved ones. I lost my father the same way and speed was a factor. My condolences to loved ones left behind.

    • The Facts on October 10, 2019 at 10:35 am

      Article states, “At this time, vehicle speed and driver error are major contributing factors to this collision.”

      That would be a direct quote from the law enforcement report. They are trained in proper investigation.

    • China on October 10, 2019 at 12:07 pm

      I’m pretty sure they can identify that she was speeding by using Math based on the point of impact, distance from the road, markings when exiting the asphalt.

      • Publius on October 10, 2019 at 2:51 pm

        Yup. And the bark removed eight feet up the tree. It’s safe to conclude speed and driver error are involved when a car is in the trees. Even without experts.

  7. Beas'll on October 9, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    They never report the weather or traffic conditions at these accident sites. Most of the time it is not poor driving but poor road and traffic conditions. Thank you.

    • SMH on October 10, 2019 at 8:05 am

      Most of the time? Hardly. “Most of the time” it is driver error, and that error is usually speed related.

      Just like “most” of the responses will come to some degree of conclusion regarding this very thing. Which will be followed by all kinds of theories, but then, in the end, we will all learn that in fact it was the original conclusions. Yes, its possible it was a medical condition. Yes, its possible a portal to another deminsion opened and she swerved to avoid it. Etc. But I dont think so

    • Anonymous on October 10, 2019 at 10:07 am

      Not True

    • Nice Try on October 10, 2019 at 10:36 am


  8. Anonymous on October 9, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Speed cameras and more policing could help. This trend is getting worse by the week. So sad for the family and friends.

    • Silence is what is truly needed here on October 10, 2019 at 6:07 am

      Yes – take away everyone else’s freedoms, waste more tax dollars, add more laws, increase fine revenues, and make every violator a criminal – all wasted efforts to try and prevent accidents.


      An accident is an accident – and lives are lost despite best efforts, including your extra safe blah blah blahs.

      This is a very horrible tragedy that needs mourning, understanding, REAL prayer, and a caring community’s outreach to the grieving family.

      We, (and especially “they”) DON”T NEED all of you smart-a$$ arm-chair accident re-constructionist know-it-all rednecks, now “chiming in” with your stupid and worthless pound-of-prevention BS!

      Send a loving card to these people, if you REALLY want to do ANYTHING worth the time you are wasting with your almighty keyboards.

      And if you need to know –

      Yes – I have “been there” I DO KNOW HOW THEY FEEL AND WHAT IT IS LIKE….before you leap to your soapbox to attack, you trash-mouthed fools.

      • Anonymous on October 11, 2019 at 5:22 am


      • Wiggy on October 11, 2019 at 5:24 am

        “Silence is what s needed” and you speak to “freedoms.” What about our freedom to express ourselves? You can’t have it both ways sweetheart.

      • You Sound Stupid on October 11, 2019 at 10:03 am

        So, anybody with a comment you disagree with is a redneck? I disagree…and am not a redneck.

  9. Vegas on October 9, 2019 at 7:45 pm


    • Anonymous on October 9, 2019 at 9:25 pm

      Your a heartless human being to say such a hurtful comment when someone just lost their child or mother or sister or aunt or friend. Be mindful and remember God does not like ugly. Show some respect.

      • Mom on October 10, 2019 at 3:59 pm

        You meant ‘You’re’, correct? I know sweetie…they can be SO confusing.

      • Anonymous on October 11, 2019 at 5:27 am

        Stop saying that sugar pop. If you’re a true believer, you know that God loves everyone.

    • Annie12 on October 9, 2019 at 9:51 pm

      How about you not assume? This was one of the kindest people I ever had the pleasure of knowing she was a true blessing to know, it could have been her being tired from raising her son alone! Or a medical situation. You don’t know. And it appears her air bags didn’t deploy like they should have from the picture posted of her vehicle. Don’t bash someone who just past away especially when her family will more then likely see this post and every comment good and negative made. Rest In Peace to this beautiful woman, and may God watch over her family in this time.

  10. Anonymous on October 9, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    Excuse me? Not go 4wheeling? Where you there? Do you have more information you can give? No? Mind your manners!!

    • Anonymous on October 10, 2019 at 5:24 am

      It’s a public forum. Don’t like it, feel free to not read.

    • Go find a safe space on October 10, 2019 at 8:08 am

      People are just WAAAAAAY too sensitive. 2019 can be summarized with the same thing. Whether its a car accident, or whether its a race related conversion, etc. If you dont like what the other person is saying, you get all bent out of shape, get offended by it, and cry. I have to agree with Vegas, if she never left the road way, she probably wouldnt have hit the tree

  11. Anonymous on October 9, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    Very insensitive! I’ve seen accidents from drivers doing 35mph or slower and turn out just as bad due to medical emergencies they couldn’t control or bad streets. So please do everyone a favor and keep your negative, insensitive comments to yourself

  12. Horrified and sad on October 9, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    Clearly, there is bark stripped off of the tree trunk way above the height of the car itself..if the car is responsible for that damage then the car was travelling at a very high rate of speed to go airborne to that height…

  13. sue61 on October 10, 2019 at 12:47 am

    This woman is not the only speeder in this county. It is very sad & tragic that this happened to her but I too travel these roads and there are deer running everywhere, especially so in that area…maybe she was avoiding a deer and lost control. My thoughts & prayers to her family and friends.

  14. Robert Bush on October 10, 2019 at 1:05 am

    It is so sad that people who have no idea of what happened can come to conclusions when they were not in a position to say what happened. We often say “if you see something, say something”. Why not, “if you see nothing, say nothing”. I remember this child from the day she was born and my heart goes out to her family and loved ones. I pray that God will heal the pain they feel because of this incident.

    I know some may say that I didn’t see “nothing” but I had to express what I feel.

  15. Anonymous on October 10, 2019 at 6:36 am

    Texting and driving kills!

  16. tiredofthesepeople on October 10, 2019 at 7:21 am

    When will you people learn… You are not above the law… Speed kills… Slow down …

  17. Thoughts And Prayers on October 10, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Thoughts & Prayers this young woman was a mother and beautiful soul..may her family heal from this and we take this time to show respect to a mother. sister. cousin, daughter that was lost..

  18. Anonymous on October 10, 2019 at 11:13 am

    You can’t impart wisdom without being insulting. We don’t know what happened. She could’ve experienced anything. We should ALL be more careful, and this is a constant reminder to cherish who we love while they’re here.

  19. Anonymous on October 10, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Lots of deer in that area.

    • Anonymous on October 14, 2019 at 4:47 am

      Lots of trees as well.

  20. Inspector Gary on October 10, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    The picture of the car in the woods is a hint.

  21. Wonder on October 10, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Toyota to Pay $1.2B for Hiding Deadly ‘Unintended Acceleration’
    Story by By brian ross, joseph rhee, angela m. hill, megan chuchmach and aaron katersky
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  22. Lorraine C Dusseau on October 10, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    They are crashes. Seldom is there no reason forthe mishap. Someone or something may have done something that resulted in the misadventure. Unfortunately, too often these “crashes”are putting First Responders in danger as well.

    Finding ways to avoid crashes keeps coming back to alert and responsible drivers. Those innocently hurt in a crash is heartbreaking as well.

    Those lost at a young age is heartbreaking for any reason. As to who’s or what is at fault is variables we all must watch for in driving especially on Route 4.

    Lastly, my heartfelt condolences go out to families and friends who are part of these loved one’s lives.

  23. Anonymous on October 11, 2019 at 10:56 am

    May the God of all comfort be with your family during this difficult time (2Cor1:3,4)

  24. Jack Wagon on October 15, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Too many deer out when weather conditions are bad. Not too mention we all know those deer get drunk and text while driving during medical emergencies. God doesnt like ugly deer. Get out of here with your excuses. She was driving too fast for her level of driving skill. Thats it. Dont make excuses for her.

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