One person died and two others were injured February 5 when they attempted to flee from police in a stolen vehicle and crashed in Calvert County. Details of the fatal Maryland car accident are as follows:
The incident began around 12:30 a.m. when Calvert County Sheriff’s deputies received a report of a theft at the Fastop, a convenience store in Lusby. A short while later they received word from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office that a vehicle matching the description of the one reported to have been used in the convenience store theft had been reported stolen from Lexington Park.
When police arrived at the convenience store to gather more information, they observed the suspect vehicle at the gas pumps. Police attempted to approach the vehicle, but a man got into the driver’s seat and fled the scene. Deputies from both Calvert County and St. Mary’s County canvassed the area, attempting to locate the stolen vehicle and suspected burglars.
About 20 minutes later, a deputy found the vehicle crashed in a wooded area near Rousby Hall Circle in Lusby. Emergency personnel arrived on the scene. The driver and two passengers were taken to Calvert Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries.
The driver was identified as 37-year-old David Dennison of Patuxent River. The passengers were identified as 25-year-old Amanda Gott of Lusby and 53-year-old Steven Coontz of Lusby. Coontz later died of his injuries. Dennison and Gott were being treated for non life-threatening injuries.
Police believe alcohol and speed may have contributed to the single-vehicle crash. The accident and the circumstances leading up to it are still under investigation. We express our sympathies to members of Mr. Coontz’s family in their time of grief.