A young man is dead, and Frederick County Sheriff’s deputies are now trying to determine if a car race may be to blame for the fatal Maryland car crash.
Daniel Ledaye Swader, 20 years old and a resident of Gaithersburg, died early morning Sunday, May 5 when his vehicle ran off the road and crashed into a tree along Gambrill Park Road.
When the accident occurred, a police officer was already in the neighborhood responding to reports of three vehicles speeding in Gambrill State Park. Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash and have not yet determined with certainty whether or not Swader was one of the drivers speeding.
What is certain is that Swader was traveling southbound in the 8800 block of Gambrill Park Road around 1:30 a.m. when he lost control of his vehicle, and the passenger-side wheels left the ground. When Swader tried to right the vehicle, he overcompensated, sending the car into the northbound lanes before crashing into a tree along the northbound side of the winding road.
The nearby police officer rushed to the scene and attempted first aid, but Swader was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Swader’s passenger, 20-year-old Trevor Edgar Robinson of North Potomac, was uninjured in the Maryland car crash.
Friends say Swader loved cars, especially the 1993 Honda Accord that he was driving when the accident occurred. He could often be seen tinkering with the vehicle. Swader also held a part-time job and was a student at Montgomery College.
We express our deepest sympathies to Swader’s family and friends in their time of grief.