UPDATE: Police Believe Alcohol to be a Factor in Motor Vehicle Accident That Killed 50-Year-Old Morganza Man

December 3, 2019

UPDATE 12/3/2019 – MSP Press Release: Kyle Nelson, 32, of Mechanicsville, was flown by Trooper 7 to Prince George’s Hospital.

Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

The preliminary investigation indicates Nelson, who was operating a 2010 Chevrolet Express, crossed the center line into oncoming traffic. Police believe that shortly before 11:00 p.m, he was heading north in the south bound lanes when he struck the Nissan Rogue head-on in the area of Dr. Johnson Road and Kelly Cottage Lane in Mechanicsville.

The Maryland State Police Crash team is actively investigating the incident and consulting with the Office of the State’s Attorney in St. Mary’s County.

Investigators believe alcohol may be a factor in the crash.

Anyone with relevant information or who may have witnessed the incident is urged to contact the Leonardtown Barrack at 301-475-8955.

UPDATE 12/1/2019 – MSP Press Release: The deceased is identified as Joseph Smith, 50, of Morganza.

Smith was the driver of a 2017 Nissan Rogue at the time. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency medical service personnel.

The other vehicle involved was a 2010 Chevrolet Express, operated by Kyle Nelson, 32, of Mechanicsville. Nelson was flown by Trooper 7 to Prince George’s Hospital.

The preliminary investigation indicates that shortly before 11:00 p.m., on Saturday, November 30, 2019,, troopers from the Leonardtown Barrack responded to the area of Dr. Johnson Road and Kelly Cottage Lane in Mechanicsville for the report of a crash. Upon their arrival, it was determined that the Nissan Rogue crossed the center line and entered the travel lane of oncoming traffic.

Personnel from the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration responded to the scene to assist with lane closures.

The Maryland State Police CRASH team is actively investigating the incident.

Anyone with relevant information or who may have witnessed the incident is urged to contact the Leonardtown Barrack at 301-475-8955.

The investigation continues and updates will be provided when they become available.

12/1/2019: On Saturday, November 30, 2019, at approximately 10:45 p.m., police fire, and rescue personnel responded to the area of Doctor Johnson Road and Kelly Cottage Lane in Mechanicsville, for a motor vehicle accident reported serious, with two patients unconscious.

Crews arrived on the scene to find two vehicles in the roadway in a head-on style collision with the operators of both vehicle severely trapped and unconscious.

Firefighters extricated one patient in approximately 5 minutes and started life saving measures on the scene. They were pronounced deceased on the scene.

The second patient was extricated in approximately 15 minutes.

Maryland State Police Helicopter Trooper 7 landed at a nearby landing zone and transported one patient to an area trauma center.

Troopers from the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack are currently investigating the crash.

Updates will be provided when they become available.




38 Responses to UPDATE: Police Believe Alcohol to be a Factor in Motor Vehicle Accident That Killed 50-Year-Old Morganza Man

  1. Anonymous on December 1, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Any names or pictures, would be great.

    • Are you serious! on December 1, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      Really! Why don’t you get a scanner and just chase after accidents involving death and murders.
      SMNEWSNET showed class and compassion by not posting pictures and names. Someone’s Thanksgiving was ruined forever.

    • Anonymous on December 1, 2019 at 5:14 pm

      As always, once family has been notified, names get released from the agency handling the report…

    • Anonymous on December 1, 2019 at 7:04 pm

      To what end? Will it change the outcome? Or are you just naturally a nosy individual?

  2. Paula Stahlman on December 1, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Is it 1 fatality or 2? You said 1 was extricated within 5 minutes and THEY were pronounced deceased at the scene. The other extricated within 15 minutes and transported.

  3. Pam442 on December 1, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    “They” implies two people were killed yet the general story only implies two people with one flown out. Might want to clarify that.

  4. Anonymous on December 1, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    Very sad

  5. Anonymous on December 1, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    This is false, and Nelson had a accident on the same road was under the influence of alcohol. And did the same thing again. I hope peace for everyone and the truth comes out. Prayers to everyone involved.

    • Anonymous on December 2, 2019 at 9:00 pm

      This was my family member who was hit head on and was not drinking at the time of the incident thank you for your assumption. Don’t put thinks on people who will haft to live with something like this everyday of there lives

      • Anonymous on December 3, 2019 at 12:44 pm

        Glad the truth was just released so you might wanna rethink ur post

        • Anonymous on December 3, 2019 at 1:57 pm

          I don’t understand why isn’t more done with drunk drivers on their first offense now he has killed someone and the family has to deal with losing their loved one because of his stupid and irresponsible decision to drink and drive!

        • Lock him up on December 3, 2019 at 3:27 pm

          Been in this county for 14 years. Never thought much of the Nelson clan.

          • One of them Nelson’s on December 4, 2019 at 10:19 pm

            Maybe they didn’t think much of you?

          • Anonymous on December 5, 2019 at 8:53 am

            I don’t know anything about Kyle, but I do know some of the “Nelson Clan” and they are good people.

        • Ah ha on December 3, 2019 at 6:37 pm

          Bamm .. Bamm

      • OhWhatAFeeln on December 3, 2019 at 2:34 pm

        Now, don’t you feel like a complete dumbazz, again. I guess you are probably used to that feeling. Now STFU.

      • Piss off on December 3, 2019 at 8:08 pm

        Really blood test does not lie he was drunk and decided to drive he took my nieces husband‘s life his ass is home but fortunately my nieces husband didn’t make it home now she has to go on without her husband and her children have to go on without a father. This is not the first time that he had an accident on that road and was drunk. So don’t get on here and say he was not drinking like I said blood test don’t lie. He took it innocent man life. How would you like it if this happened to your family Knowing a drunk driver took one of your family members life.

  6. Leighann on December 1, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    You really want pics of a fatality? This is my cousin who died! Why don’t you have respect for the family!! You are suck and twisted! Maybe you should become a coroner if you want to see dead body pics! Btw I would love to know your name!!! I love people who hide behind “anonymous”

    • didi on December 3, 2019 at 2:43 pm

      so sorry about the loss of your loved one. very sad

    • Anonymous on December 3, 2019 at 4:25 pm

      Where does it say they wanna see dead body pics? Why would the family come read comments on a news story about something they already know? He qp

  7. The truth seeker on December 1, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Why do you need pictures? Sick!

  8. Justice on December 2, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Nelson had a accident on the same road recently and was drinking and driving. Hope everyone gets the answers they need. Praying the family gets peace. A innocent mans life was taken away

  9. Just me on December 3, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    It was Nelson’s fault and the cops said alcohol is a factor and the other person who commented is right, this is kyles 2nd accident this year on that road while he was drunk I hope he gets arrested for killing this innocent man!!!

  10. Anonymous on December 3, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    It’s Really unfortunate that this happened and my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the fellow who was killed. I think enough is enough with Kyle. This is his 2nd Accident involving alcohol and he has been a Addict for years. Don’t you think its time he gets more than a slap on the wrist !?! He killed a innocent man this time. At some point in your life you have to learn your lesson.

    • Anonymous on December 3, 2019 at 6:20 pm

      This is true and it happened to be my family. He killed a innocent man he was a husband he had 5 kids. Due to Kyle he is no longer here and made my families life a living hell. I hope he goes to prison.

  11. Anonymous on December 3, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    PEOPLE PLEASE LOOK AT HOW MANY TIMES THIS GUY HAS BEEN TICKETED FOR DRIVING WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE AND BACK IN JUNE 2019 DUI AND HE SERVED 1 DAY IN JAIL.THESE JUDGES MUST GO BEFORE YOUR FAMILY IS THE NEXT VICTIM.THIS IS INSANE.THIS IS THE REAL PROBLEM.

  12. Seeking Justice on December 3, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    People are saying he left a local bar not far from there. When do the bar and bartenders get hold liable? I guess it is okay to serve and drive drunk these days because nothing ever happens. Not to long ago a young man left a bar on a motorcycle drunk in Mechanicsville and died. The owner of the crappy drug infested place made money by naming a shot/bomb after the deceased and he was never held responsible and this cycle keeps on happening.

    • TryResponsibilty4Once on December 4, 2019 at 8:43 am

      Obviously, you stumble though life playing and subscribing to being a “victim”. NEWS FLASH! There’s something called “PERSONAL RESPONSIBILTY”, start learning about it and STOP WHINING! Thanks.

      • Take Responsibility on December 4, 2019 at 12:14 pm

        AMEN!!!

        Obviously the so-called “seeking Justice” poster is a democrat!

        Blames everyone EXCEPT the criminal!

  13. Gene on December 3, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    The deceased man was a good loving family man, hard working and good to everyone. My prayers for his family members….as for the other individual, his prior dui was null prosecuted…2 years probation. Why no breathalyzer in the car? And why no prosecution? It seems the legal system should be sued too, hoping he gets a nice long state vacation with a 400lb guy named bubba that thinks he’s cute

    • You do know... on December 4, 2019 at 2:30 pm

      Bubba is a myth

  14. A non on December 4, 2019 at 6:32 am

    Can somebody tell me how it’s just that the police “believe” he was under the influence. Where is the proof here? Isn’t that what makes somebody guilty? Just out of curiosity. However I am sorry for the loss of somebody’s family member and if he was drinking and driving that is wrong. I just want to know how you can just “believe” that was the factor. Where is the proof

  15. Anonymous on December 4, 2019 at 9:13 am

    A Non you know you might be right BUT it doesnt take away the fact that Kyle can drive a race car but cant seem to keep a regular car in its own lane and from killing someone! His driving record and and years of drug abuse makes it hard for us to believe he wasn’t drinking or on some type of Pills when this occurred.

    • A non on December 4, 2019 at 9:44 am

      And are you aware that people can change? I don’t know the guy. I’m just speaking from personal perspective I know people have messed up just as bad as him if not worse and things can change for people. Hell for all you know he could be in charge of our local police department, judge, or even president one day. Mistakes in the past don’t make up the person. So if there’s no factual evidence behind this I don’t think smnewsnet or anybody for that matter should be saying they “believe” it was the cause they should still be investigating and until they have proof of anything nobody should drag this mans name through the mud. What if he wasn’t on anything and it was truly an ACCIDENT, now he already has his name out there for this. However like I said I do not know him or the victim I’m just speaking on the facts of the case at this point. Nothing should be spoken on this level unless there is factual evidence to back it.

  16. hard crab on December 4, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    police maybe waiting on a toxicology report from the blood test at the hospital. law enforcement has time to dot the i’s and cross the t’s before going to the states attorney for charges. imo

  17. Anonymous on December 4, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    To the person that said he had been in this county for 14 years and wasn’t fond of the Nelson Clan may I ask why what did they ever do to you ?Just curious thank you

  18. O’ Conner on December 6, 2019 at 7:40 am

    We should ask the County Commissioners to put up another stop sign. Clearly, three is not enough to slow people down.

  19. Anonymous on December 10, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Now I’m a little confused. The MSP preliminary investigation on 12/01/19 indicated that Smith was driving the Nissan Rogue and crossed the center line striking Nelson in the Chevrolet Express. Now on 12/03/19, It’s completely reversed. On 12/03/19, it indicates that Nelson driving the Chevrolet Express crossed the center line and struck Smith driving the Nissan Rogue. Seems like to me, no one knows how the accident actually happened. Was Smith at fault or was Nelson at fault? Prayers to all involved.

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