(Brandywine, MD) – Maryland State Police are investigating a fatal Prince George’s County crash that occurred when a man attempted to cross a highway on foot into the path of an oncoming car.
The victim has not yet been identified due to pending next of kin notification. Prince George’s County medic personnel pronounced the victim deceased on the scene. The victim will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy.
The driver of the Chrysler passenger vehicle is identified as James Williams II, 28, of Clinton, MD. The passenger of the Chrysler was a male child. Neither were injured in the in the crash.
Shortly after 9:00 p.m. yesterday, Maryland State Police received calls from motorists, reporting a crash involving a passenger vehicle and a pedestrian on southbound US 301, south of Berry Street in Brandywine, MD. Troopers from Maryland State Police Forestville Barrack were immediately dispatched to the location.
The preliminary investigation indicates that shortly after 9:00 p.m. yesterday, Williams was traveling southbound on US 301, south of Berry Street, in lane two. For reasons unknown at this time, a pedestrian reportedly walked into the street into oncoming traffic, directly into the path of the approaching vehicle and was subsequently struck. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this incident.
The Maryland State Police Crash Team responded and will be conducting a detailed crash reconstruction. Upon completion, the investigation will be forwarded to the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office for review regarding charges.
MDOT State Highway Administration personnel were on the scene and assisted with lane closures and detours around the scene. Lanes were reopened at 5:48 a.m. this morning.