Prince George’s County Police Department patrol officers were called on Thursday evening at 8:40 p.m. to the intersection of Cherry Tree Crossing Road and Old Indian Head Highway for the report of a single car crash.  The driver, James Townsend, 44, of Brandywine was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The preliminary investigation reveals Townsend was heading northbound on Cherry Tree Crossing Road when for reasons which remain unclear, his car left the roadway and struck a tree.  Investigators are looking into whether speed played a factor in this crash.

Anyone with information on this collision is asked to call the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit at (301) 306-5640. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone, or go to and submit a tip online.