On March 23 at 9:04 a.m., officers responded to the area of Radio Station Road and Audie Lane in La Plata for the report of a motor vehicle crash involving a passenger car and an unloaded school bus. A preliminary investigation revealed the bus was traveling north on Radio Station Road and a Mazda was traveling south when the Mazda crossed the center line and struck the bus. Pfc. S. Miller arrived and observed the driver of the Mazda was unconscious and not breathing. He, along with Aaron Tyler – a Prince George’s County fire investigator who was in the area – began CPR until medics arrived. The driver, Cheryl Ophelia Mitchell, 56, of Clinton, was transported to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced deceased. The two occupants in her car, a 25-year-old female and a 56-year-old male, were transported to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The driver of the bus was transported to CRMC as a precaution. The Traffic Operations Unit is investigating.
Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit www.ccso.us.
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