WALDORF, MD – Maryland State Police have identified the driver who fled from a trooper in Charles County early Thursday morning, April 16 which lead to a fatal crash.

The male driver is identified as Delonte Lee, 26, of Fort Washington. Lee was pronounced dead at the scene. A search of the vehicle was conducted. No illegal contraband was located. Lee was found to have an outstanding warrant for failing to appear for a driving without a license. His driving privileges were suspended.

Around 1 a.m. Thursday morning, Lee refused to stop the 2005 Toyota Scion he was driving when a trooper attempted a traffic stop in the area of Route 301 and Acton Lane in Charles County. Lee proceeded through a steady red signal turning onto Acton Lane, continuing westbound and accelerating to elude the trooper.

After losing sight of the Scion, the trooper proceeded on Acton Lane where he located the vehicle on the right roadside where it struck a utility pole causing the vehicle to overturn.

Investigators from the State Police Crash Team responded to the scene to conduct a detailed investigation. They were assisted by troopers from the LaPlata Barrack, crime scene technicians and investigators from the Southern Maryland Criminal Enforcement Division.

Due to the severity of the crash, the destruction of the utility pole, and the amount of debris, troopers closed Acton Lane for several hours. Charles County Public Works personnel assisted with road closures.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is urged to call the Maryland State Police LaPlata Barrack at 301-392-1231. The Charles County States Attorney’s Office has been notified of the incident.


ORIGINAL STORY

WALDORF, MD  – Maryland State Police is investigating a fatal collision in Charles County after a vehicle fled from a trooper making a traffic stop early this morning.

The male driver is not being identified at this time, pending confirmation of his identity and notification of next of kin. He was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel from Charles County. His body has been taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

A preliminary investigation conducted by the Maryland State Police CRASH Team, with the assistance of troopers from the LaPlata Barrack, indicates that around 1:00 a.m. this morning, the driver of a 2005 Toyota Scion was traveling northbound on Route 301 in the area of Acton Lane. A trooper assigned to the LaPlata Barrack observed the Toyota traveling with a tag light out.

As the Toyota approached Acton Lane, the trooper activated the emergency equipment on his marked State Police patrol unit. The Toyota refused to stop and proceeded through a steady red signal turning onto Acton Lane. As the vehicle continued westbound, it accelerated to elude the trooper.

The trooper slowed his vehicle to safely clear the intersection losing sight of the Toyota Scion. As he proceeded on Acton Lane, a short distance later, the trooper observed the Toyota on the right roadside just prior to Timberbrook Drive. The Scion struck a utility pole and overturned onto the driver. There were no passengers in the vehicle.

Due to the severity of the crash, the destruction of the utility pole, and the amount of debris, troopers closed Acton Lane for several hours. Charles County Public Works personnel assisted with road closures.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact the Maryland State Police LaPlata Barrack at (301) 392-1231. The Charles County States Attorney’s Office has been notified of incident.

A detailed crash investigation will be conducted. The investigation is ongoing.