On January 6, 2012 at 7:09 PM St. Mary’s deputies responded to a serious motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian on Indian Bridge Road in the area of Knotts Drive in California, Maryland. Arriving deputies found Dennis Mark Todd, 51 of California, Maryland deceased in the roadway. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff's Office Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the scene to assume the investigation.
Preliminary investigation revealed Mr. Todd was attempting to start his 1995 Mazda B3000 pick up truck by pushing it into Indian Bridge Road. Mr. Todd was outside of his vehicle in the door jamb pushing the driver less vehicle. It appears Mr. Todd was attempting to gain enough speed to jump into the truck and pop the clutch to start it. Mr. Todd was wearing dark clothing and no lights illuminated his truck as it entered southbound lane # 1 of Indian Bridge Road. Mr. Todd was either stopped in the roadway or attempting to push his truck into southbound lane # 1 when a southbound 2007 Hyundai Tiburon, operated by Joan Louise Farrar, 55 of Tall Timbers, Maryland approached. Mrs. Farrar noticed the truck in the roadway a short distance away and attempted to avoid striking it by swerving into the northbound lane, however there was oncoming traffic. Mrs. Farrar swerved back into the southbound lane and struck the Mazda truck while Mr. Todd was in the door jamb area.
Mr. Todd was pronounced dead on the scene. At this time speed, alcohol and/or drugs do not appear to be contributing factors to the crash. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash and has not already provided their information to authorities is requested to contact the primary crash investigator, Corporal Doug Mills at (301)863-4816 Ext. 1456.