One Flown Out After Head-On Collision On St. Andrew’s Church Road

UPDATE AT 5:10 P.M. – The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office announced that St. Andrew’s Church Road is now open in all directions. The accident scene has been cleared.

UPDATE – On Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022 at approximately 8 am, patrol deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a serious motor vehicle collision on St. Andrew’s Church Road in the area of Fairgrounds Road in Leonardtown. Deputies arrived on scene to find a head-on collision between two vehicles, with one of the drivers being transported to a trauma center for treatment. Upon arrival at the trauma center, the operator was pronounced deceased. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene of the collision to continue the investigation.

Preliminary investigation determined that a 2010 Toyota Rav4, operated by Alex Jacob Rhoten, age 28 of Lusby, was traveling northbound on St. Andrew’s Church Road. Rhoten’s vehicle crossed the highway’s center line and struck a 1998 Nissan Altima, operated by Jason Lionel Fenwick, age 56 of Lexington Park, which was traveling southbound on St. Andrew’s Church Road. A third vehicle, a 2017 Toyota Camry, operated by Jennifer Yang, age 31 of California, was damaged by debris from the Rav4 and Altima collision.

Fenwick was transported to an area trauma center by helicopter and succumbed to his injuries sustained in the collision. Both Rhoten and Yang refused medical treatment at the scene.

At this time, operator error appears to be a contributing factor in the collision.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or any events leading up to it is asked to contact Cpl. Jason Smith at 301-475-4200, ext. 2328 or email

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – Today, at approximately 8:00 a.m., police, fire and rescue personnel responded to the serious motor vehicle accident on St. Andrew’s Church Road in the area of Fairgrounds Road.

Upon arrival crews found the head-on collision with one vehicle in the roadway and one vehicle off the roadway. Reporting subjects trapped in both vehicles.

Firefighters extracted the subject in 20 minutes and signed care refusal on the scene.

Medical units on the scene requested MEDEVAC for one patient.

Firefighters established a landing zone at the intersection of St. Andrew’s Church Road and Fairgrounds Road. The patient was transported by MSP Trooper 7 to a local trauma center.

We will continue to provide updates as they become available.

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  1. Full attention to driving needs to be paid when behind the wheel. I am unable to keep count of the number of vehicles that the DRIVER is looking at a ‘device’ in their hand, vice the oncoming traffic. Anything on your phone…will still be one your phone…when you get to your destination.

  2. I am so sorry 2 reading this Jason was well loved person my heart goes out 2 his wife and family. Our deepest condolences 🙏 the Furman family.

  3. He will be deeply missed. But never will he be forgotten ever were going to miss our friend 😢 😔 💔Dennis&Denise.

  4. Would’ve been nice if the public was made aware that Rte 4 was closed in the area due to the investigation. Thoughts are with the family that lost a loved one.

  5. There are way too many head collisions. People need to take being behind the wheel seriously & pay attention to the road. If you can’t control yourself from looking at your cell phone while driving, turn it off & put it in the trunk. Enough already.

    1. …but they are all really good drivers and can look at their phone while driving. (end sarcasm)

  6. I am so heart broken to hear this. Jason was such a really nice guy. Every time I seen him he was always laughing and joking around. He will so be missed. Praying for his family and friends.

  7. I find it difficult to understand why if I person is sleepy, why don’t they get off the road. Our cousin, Jason was innocent, driving to work to support his family..Because of someone else’s carelessness and lack of sound thinking, now Jason is gone. People care for others as you want the to care for you, get off the road and stay off if you are sleep deprived, drunk or otherwise impaired. Our “mistake” can and does cost innocent people their life and destroys families!!
    Please, Please

  8. Rip Jason a hardworking happy man you are truly going to be missed this is sooo sad my condolences goes out to his FAMILY

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