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(Newburg, Maryland 6:00 a.m. 12/29/2017) – On December 28, 2017 at approximately 9:30 p.m., Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded to a single vehicle collision in which a pedestrian was struck in the area of N/B Rt. 301 / S/O Branchville Road.

A preliminary investigation conducted by Troopers indicates that a 1998 Lincoln Towncar,operated by Diana Deguzman, was travelling northbound on Rt. 301 just prior to Branchville Road in lane #1 and struck Melissa Claggett who was walking in the roadway. Medical treatment was provided to Claggett, but due to the severity of her injuries, she was pronounced deceased on scene at 9:36 p.m.

Diana Dguzman and the two passengers in her vehicle, Dottie Parris and Alisa Deguzman were treated and released on scene reporting no injuries. Pedestrian error is believed to be the causes of this collision. It is unknown at this time if alcohol was a factor for the pedestrian. La Plata Barrack personnel were assisted on scene by Deputies from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office as well as personnel from the Newburg Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad.

Anyone who may have witnessed or who has information regarding this collision is asked to contact the La Plata Barrack Duty Officer at (301) 392-1200 and reference case number 17-MSP055290.
This investigation is being continued by Cpl. M. Galgan, a Collision Reconstruction Specialist assigned to the La Plata Barrack. Barrack Media Contact Name: Lt. A. J. Rossignol, Barrack Commander
Phone Number: 301-392-1200

All persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. News releases are a service of the Maryland State Police. Contact the barrack, division, or unit issuing this release for more information.