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

On December 14, 2019, at 6:15 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Three Notch Road and Pegg Road in Lexington Park, for the reported motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian.  

Upon arrival, deputies determined a single vehicle had struck a pedestrian causing injury.  The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation.

A preliminary investigation determined a 2004 Scion xB operated by Kyle Deven Shelnutt, age 20 of Drayden, was traveling southbound on Three Notch Road and entered the right turn lane for Pegg Road. A pedestrian, later identified as Brandon Wayne Johnson, age 28 of Chesapeake Beach, entered the vehicle’s path of travel as he attempted to cross the southbound lanes of Three Notch Road.

Johnson sustained incapacitating injuries and was transported via helicopter to an area trauma center and remains in critical condition.

Shelnutt and his passenger, Jordan Michelle McLaughlin, age 21 of Ridge, were not transported from the scene.

At this time circumstances surrounding the collision remain under investigation. Anyone who witnessed the collision or events leading up to the collision is asked to contact Corporal Brian Connelly at (301) 475-4200 extension 8031 or by email at

Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

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