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UPDATE – 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, 33, 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 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 police at 301-392-1231. The investigation is continuing.


LA PLATA, Md. — We are receiving reports of a vehicle crash this evening that has resulted in multiple reported casualties.

At approximately 8:05 p.m. on January 23, first responders were dispatched to reports of a head-on crash with a vehicle fire in the area of Ripley Way and Hawthorne Road.

Upon arrival, crews located the vehicles that were smoking, and three unresponsive patients who were trapped inside two vehicles. CPR would be administered to multiple patients after removing them from the vehicles.

First responders pronounced a total of three patients dead on the scene, after taking all possible lifesaving measures.

Hawthorne Road is expected to be closed for a few hours so that Maryland State Police can complete a crash investigation. Take alternate routes and avoid the area if possible.

We will continue to provide updates as they come available.

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7 Comments

  1. Someone was obviously driving way too fast. People need to stop driving like maniacs. We’ve all seen it-

  2. My condolences to everyone in involved but what I’m not going to do is sit a read people comments talking about stupid drivers no one knows what really happen! I lost my best friend of 25 yrs to this accident. And for baynet if your going to report this make sure you get the right information by the way she’s not 33 she’s 35 just had an birthday in October. I love you Tineka 😭💔

  3. My condolences to everyone in involved but what I’m not going to do is sit a read people comments talking about stupid drivers no one knows what really happen! I lost my best friend of 22yrs to this accident. And for baynet if your going to report this make sure you get the right information by the way she’s not 33 she’s 35 just had an birthday in October. I love you Tineka 😭💔

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