UPDATE 10/16/2019: MSP Investigator continues looking for witnesses:

Cpl. Zimmerman of the MSP CRASH Team is requesting witnesses to come forward to reference this collision. Parties involved reported a white or silver passenger car stopped in the area at the time of the collision.

At this time, this white or silver vehicle is not believed to be involved but is considered an important witness to the resulting incident.

Anyone with information, or who may have been in this vehicle, can contact Cpl Zimmerman at 301-392-1231.


UPDATE 9/6/2019: The victim, Joshua Richmond, 37, of Waldorf, Maryland, was pronounced deceased Wednesday at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. According to a preliminary investigation from the Maryland State Police Crash Team, shortly before noon on Wednesday, troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded on a report of a two-vehicle crash on Maryland Route 6 (Port Tobacco Road) in the area of King Edward Place in La Plata, Maryland.

Spriggs was flown by MSP Trooper 7 to UM Prince George’s Hospital. The 7-month-old was also transported by MSP Trooper 7 to Children’s National Medical Center. Dutrow and Zimmerman were flown by MSP Trooper 6 to UM Prince George’s Hospital Center

Anyone who may have witnessed this crash should call Cpl. Zimmerman of the Crash Team at (301) 392-1231.


UPDATE 5:21 p.m. From the Maryland State Police-La Plata Barracks

On Wednesday, September 04, 2019, at approximately 1158 hours, Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded for a report of a motor vehicle collision involving two vehicles on Maryland Route 6 (Port Tobacco Rd) in the area of King Edward Place in La Plata, Maryland.

Due to the seriousness of the collision, the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack requested the Maryland State Police CRASH Team to assume the investigation.

A preliminary investigation conducted by Troopers from the MSP CRASH Team and the La Plata Barrack indicates a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer was being operated by Jessica Marie Dutrow (29yo of Port Tobacco) and occupied by Shania Marie Zimmerman (19yo of Nanjemoy), a 36yo unidentified male (identity withheld pending next of kin notification) from Port Tobacco, and 7-month-old infant.

The Chevrolet Blazer was traveling eastbound on Maryland Route 6 in the area of King Edward Place. The operator of the Chevrolet Blazer passed an unidentified vehicle while traveling on the right shoulder. The Chevrolet Blazer re-entered the eastbound lane and the operator began to lose control of the vehicle.

At the same time, a 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche operated by Melvin Roland Spriggs (64yo of Capital Heights) was traveling on westbound Maryland Route 6 in the area of King Edward Place. The operator of the Chevrolet Blazer lost control and the Blazer rotated clockwise and entered the westbound lane of Maryland Route 6 leading with the driver’s side. The Chevrolet Avalanche struck the Chevrolet Blazer.

After the collision, the Chevrolet Blazer overturned at least 1 full rotation and the left rear passenger was ejected from the vehicle. The rear male passenger was pronounced deceased at MEDSTAR/Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. Speed and driver error are believed to be factors in the collision.

Anyone who may have witnessed this crash is asked to contact Cpl. Zimmerman of the Maryland State Police CRASH Team at (301) 392-1231.

The investigation is continuing and being investigated by Corporal Justin Zimmerman of the Maryland State Police CRASH Team. (19-MSP-037207)

UPDATE 3:40 p.m.- Port Tobacco Road is re-opened in all directions.


By Coordinator/Public Information Officer William Smith

UPDATE 2:15 p.m.– Just before noon today, Charles County 911 Center began receiving numerous calls reporting a single-car accident in the 8900 blk Port Tobacco Road involving a Chev S-10 style vehicle with multiple patients being thrown from the vehicle. Chief 11B (Tackish) arrived, established “command” , requesting a medivac transport for a mid 30’s male.

As Fire/EMS units arrived to evaluate all persons involved, command requested two additional medivac transports, bringing MSP Trooper 7, US Park Eagle 2 and MSP Trooper 6 to the landing zone at 200 Baltimore Street. Further information will be passed on as received

Transports as follows:( All to D.C. MedStar)

  • TRP7 = 2 patients to MEDSTAR (one a 7-month-old)
  • Eagle #2 = 1 patient to MEDSTAR
  • TRP6 = 2 patients to MEDSTAR
Image courtesy of Charles County Volunteer Fire and Emergency Medical Services

UPDATE 12:43 p.m- At least two, possibly three MEDEVAC’s have been called into duty to handle the transport of 3-5 individuals. No word on ages at this time. Continue to watch for emergency personnel and vehicles, along with the landing zone.

The area will be closed for some time.


La Plata, MD– A motor vehicle crash(12:06 p.m.) has closed Port Tobacco Road between Valley Road and Darley Drive.

Watch for emergency vehicles and personnel, expect delays.

This is a developing story.


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