UPDATE 1/24/2022 @ 8:45 a.m.: Maryland State Police are continuing an investigation into a traffic crash last night in Charles County that killed three people. 

The first deceased is identified as Patrick Bowie, Jr., 44, of La Plata Md.  He was the driver and only occupant of a silver 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. Emergency medical service personnel pronounced him deceased on the scene.

The second deceased is identified as Tineka Palmer, 35, of Indian Head, Md.  She was the driver of a black 2014 Chevrolet Impala. Emergency medical service personnel pronounced her deceased on the scene.

The third deceased is identified as Tyron Carroll, 33, of Indian Head, Maryland. He was the passenger in the Chevrolet Impala and was pronounced deceased on the scene by emergency medical service personnel.

Shortly before 8:00 p.m. last night, troopers from the La Plata Barrack were dispatched to a traffic crash reported on Rt. 255/Hawthorne Road at Ripley Way in La Plata, Maryland.  Upon arrival, troopers found two vehicles were involved.  Fire and emergency medical services personnel also responded to the scene. 

Due to the severity of the crash and injuries, the Maryland State Police Crash Team responded to conduct the investigation.  The preliminary investigation indicates the vehicles were involved in a head-on collision.

The cause and contributing factors involved in this crash remain under investigation.  All possible causes are being considered. 

The area of Route 225/Hawthorne Road at Ripley Way was reopened shortly before midnight last night. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is urged to contact the police at 301-392-1231. The investigation is continuing.

UPDATE 1/23/2022 @ 8:53 p.m.: Maryland State Police Barracks- La Plata is handling the case. At this time there is no confirmed information on the victims per MSP Duty Officer.

Ripley, MD- Charles County Emergency services are responding to Hawthorne Road and Ripley Way for a reported head-on collision between two vehicles.

Initial reports state there are multiple individuals involved and an unknown amount are trapped. There are reports at least one of the vehicles is on fire. Also, initial reports state there could be multiple fatalities.

Avoid the area as Hawthorne Road is closed in both directions between Ripley Park Drive and Ripley Way. 

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...

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