By: David M. Higgins II

UPDATE 9/24/2019 @3:13 p.m.- On September 23 at 1:52 p.m., officers, the fire department and EMS responded to the 3100 block of Elsa Avenue in Waldorf for the report of a crash involving a pedestrian. Once on the scene, the victim was observed pinned underneath a skid-steer, a piece of construction equipment.

He was extricated by the fire department while EMS attempted life-saving measures; however, the man’s injuries were severe and he died prior to being transported to the hospital. Investigators from the CCSO Traffic Operations Unit along with investigators from the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) responded to investigate.

The decedent has been identified as Ricky Sylvester Thomas, 60, of La Plata.


UPDATE 9/23/2019 at 4:20 p.m.- In a statement put out by William Smith, PIO for Charles County Volunteers, he states that ” Units arrived to confirm a male trapped under the machine, stabilization of the equipment proceeded immediately while Paramedics evaluated the patient. Advanced life support measures were conducted, the machine was hydraulically lifted from the patient freeing him for further immobilization in preparation of transport to an area trauma center. “

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office has now taken over the investigation and we will add more information when an official release is provided. If you know the individual, please keep it to yourself as proper notifications need to be made. We will release the name when the Sheriff’s Office releases it.


Waldorf, MD- The Charles County 9-1-1 Dispatch was alerted to a man trapped under a Bobcat tractor around 1:50 p.m. on Monday, September 23, 2019. Emergency services were dispatched to the 7900 block of Pebble Creek Court in Waldorf, MD.

When crews arrived they found the 57-year-old victim pinned under the front axle of the tractor bleeding from the head and legs.

The crews were able to unpin the worker and began CPR. Unfortunately, the living-saving effort was not enough and the victim died at the scene.

The man was part of a construction crew that was laying asphalt at the site. OSHA has been made aware and is on the scene.

The investigation is ongoing and there is no word right now as to why the victim was under the tractor or in a position to be pinned under it.

This is a developing story.


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...