Press release –  On December 20, 2017, at approximately 2:51 PM, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a motor vehicle accident in the 37000 block of New Market Road, in the area of Whalen Road, in Mechanicsville, Maryland. Units arrived on scene to find a two vehicle head on collision involving a 2005 Mack dump truck and a 2002 Saturn SL1 sedan; the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit was requested and responded to the scene. 

Preliminary investigation revealed the Saturn SL1, operated by Mathew Allan Stafford, age 26, of Lexington Park, was traveling east on New Market Road, when the vehicle crossed the center line for unknown reasons.  The operator of the Mack truck, Richard Steven Pilkerton, age 60, of Hollywood, attempted to avoid the Saturn, however was unable to do so. The vehicles ultimately collided in the west bound lane of New Market Road.   Stafford was pronounced deceased on the scene; Pilkerton declined medical attention at the scene.  At this time speed appears to be a contributing factor. 

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or any events leading up to the collision is asked to contact Deputy Jason Smith at (301) 475-4200 extension *2328, or by email at

MECHANICSVILLE, Md. – On December 20 at 2:53 p.m., received word of a fatal accident involving a dump truck located on New Market Road of Mechanicsville, near the St. Mary’s-Charles county line.

Unconfirmed reports say that one subject from the crash was considered deceased by the time First Responders arrived. Another subject was transported to a nearby medical center for injuries.

New Market Road has been shut down for an extended period of time while crews work the scene. Drivers heading for the area should expect major delays.