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News Release, Maryland State Police-Leonardtown Barracks

California, MD- Maryland State Police are continuing to investigate a fatal multi-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday in St. Mary’s County.

Shortly before 6:15 p.m. on Sunday, troopers from the Leonardtown Barrack responded to northbound Maryland Route 4 at Kingston Creek Road in California, Maryland regarding a serious motor vehicle crash.

The initial investigation revealed that a 1994 Toyota Corolla, driven by Raul Hernandez, 72, of California, Maryland, was attempting to make a left turn from northbound Maryland Route 4 onto Kingston Creek Road At the same time, a 2012 Hyundai Tuscon, being driven by Ashley Radano, 29, and occupied by Ella Fay Radano, 9, both of Solomons, Maryland, were traveling on southbound Maryland Route 4 at Kingston Creek Road.

According to a preliminary investigation, the Toyota failed to yield the right of way and entered the travel path of the Hyundai. The Hyundai subsequently struck the passenger side of the Toyota. Hernandez was transported by ambulance to University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center for treatment of his injuries. The passenger in his vehicle, Bonnie Hernandez, 71, of California, Maryland, was transported by ambulance to Charles Regional Medical Center, and was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. Both occupants of the Hyundai were transported by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital.

The Maryland State Police CRASH Team responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.

The incident remains under investigation.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...