Mechanicsville, MD – On May 25, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 27400 block of North Sandgates Road in Mechanicsville, for the reported motor vehicle collision. Deputies arrived on scene and located a vehicle and motorcycle involved in the collision. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation.

Preliminary investigation determined a 2017 Ford Explorer operated by Thomas Van Oudenaren, age 55 of Great Mills, was traveling north on North Sandgates Road and attempted to make a left turn into a private driveway. Van Oudenaren failed to yield the right of way to a 2008 Harley Davidson Motorcycle operated by a 75-year-old male from Waldorf. The operator of the motorcycle and a 59-year-old female passenger from Waldorf, were both ejected from the motorcycle. Both the operator and passenger of the motorcycle were transported via helicopter to area trauma centers.

Van Oudenaren was assessed on the scene by emergency medical personnel and not transported for treatment. Deputies on scene determined that Van Oudenaren had been operating his vehicle while impaired by alcohol at the time of the collision.  Van Oudenaren was arrested and charged with Driving Vehicle While Impaired by Alcohol.

Anyone with information on this collision is asked to contact Corporal Christopher Beyer at 301-475-4200 extension 78004 or by email at

Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637).  Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

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