News Release, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office

UPDATE: On February 9, 2019, the juvenile Emma Leigh Clarke. age 3 months, succumbed to the injuries sustained from a moor vehicle collision. The investigation is still ongoing.

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Lexington Park, MD- On February 7, 2019, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 19200 block of Three Notch Road in Lexington Park, for the reported motor vehicle collision involving three vehicles. The Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation.  

Preliminary investigation determined a 2008 Honda Civic operated by Alexa Taylor Smith, age 23 of Owings, was traveling southbound on Three Notch Road in the area of King James Parkway.  Smith attempted to make a U-turn at King James Parkway, and was struck by a 2013 Ford Escape traveling southbound, operated by John Wesley Lonkert, age 39 of Scotland, Maryland. After being struck, Smith’s vehicle entered the northbound lane where it was struck by a 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe operated by Joseph Dennis Spalding, age 58 of Hollywood, Maryland. Smith and a passenger were transported to an area trauma center, and a juvenile in Smith’s vehicle was transported to Children’s Hospital for treatment.  Lonkert was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital with incapacitating injuries.  

At this time, driver error appears to be the contributing factor in the collision. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or events leading to the collision, are asked to contact Deputy First Class John Davis at (301) 475-4200 extension *8015 or by email at

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