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Charles County Sheriff's Office

Update Regarding Motor Vehicle Crash that Occurred on Trinity Church Road in December 2020

DATE: January 7, 2021              

CONTACT: Diane Richardson
Media Relations Office
(301) 609-6557 or (240) 682-1658

Update: The driver at fault in this crash, Matthew Robert Eppley, 22, of Charlotte Hall, MD, was pronounced deceased yesterday afternoon as a result of the injuries he sustained in the crash. The woman who was driving the Pacifica is still being treated at a hospital.  

Traffic Ops Unit Investigating Crash Resulting in Critical Injuries: On December 16 at 10:23 a.m., officers responded to a motor vehicle crash involving three cars on Trinity Church Road north of Old Sycamore Road in Allens Fresh, MD. A preliminary investigation revealed the driver of a Ford Mustang was following a Chevrolet Silverado which was traveling north on Trinity Church Road. The initial investigation revealed the driver of the Mustang attempted to pass the Silverado on a stretch of roadway marked by double-yellow lines, a no passing-zone, near the crest of a hill. The driver swerved to avoid striking a Chrysler Pacifica, which was southbound on Trinity Church Road, and struck the Silverado, sending it into a spin. The Mustang re-entered the southbound lane and struck the Pacifica head-on. The driver of the Mustang was trapped and the vehicle caught fire. Cpl. Stephen Miller, an off-duty Charles County Sheriff’s officer, was nearby and used a fire extinguisher to suppress the fire in an effort to protect the driver until emergency fire crews arrived. The driver of the Mustang, a 22-year-old male of Charlotte Hall, was extricated from his vehicle and flown to a hospital in critical condition. The driver of the Pacifica, a 36-year-old woman from Mechanicsville, suffered critical injuries. The driver of the Silverado, a 35-year-old male from Waldorf suffered injuries which are not life threatening. Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to call Cpl. T. Hemsley of the Traffic Operations Unit at (301) 609-5903. The investigation is ongoing.  

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