UPDATE – On Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021 at 4:21 pm, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies responded to a motor vehicle crash on Three Notch Road (Route 235) near the intersection of King James Parkway in Lexington Park. Deputies arrived on scene to find a single vehicle off the roadway and into a tree with the operator receiving life-saving measures. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation.

Preliminary investigation determined a 2012 Toyota Sienna, operated by Mervyn Earl Hampton, age 91 of Scotland, MD, was traveling southbound on Three Notch Road toward Trapp Road. For unknown reasons, Hampton’s vehicle left the roadway, struck multiple small shrubs and crashed into a large tree. Hampton was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown where he was pronounced deceased.

At this time, speed and alcohol are not considered to be contributing factors in the crash.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or any events leading up to the collision is asked to call Corporal Jason Smith at 301-475-4200, ext. 72328 or email jason.smith@stmarysmd.com.

UPDATE — 9 p.m. — Three Notch Road in the area of the accident has been reopened. 

The victim has been pronounced deceased after being transported to the hospital. An earlier version of this article contained photos from the scene, which will be released once again once next of kin have been confirmed as notified.

The road is expected to remain closed temporarily while the crash is investigated.

LEXINGTON PARK, Md. — We are receiving reports of a serious motor vehicle crash this afternoon that has left one in critical condition at this time.

At approximately 4:21 p.m. on October 26, first responders were called to the scene in the 19000 block of Three Notch Road, in the area of King James Parkway for reports of one vehicle which had gone off the road and struck a tree.

Upon arrival, crews found the vehicle off the road up against the tree, with one patient heavily trapped, unconscious and reportedly not breathing. They would begin CPR on the individual as soon after getting there.


First responders identified the patient as a male. He is being transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries with CPR in progress.

The road is expected to be closed for an extended period of time following the accident. Expect delays and avoid the area if possible. Use caution and slow down if in the area with first responders.

This is a developing news story. We will continue to provide additional details as they become available.