SOLOMON’S ISLAND, MD. — In the spring, an old man’s fancy turns to love. Just as he likely has for the last 103 years, Robert Lao Farwig found spring to be a great time to be alive and according police, he and his wife took off from their boring routine at their home in Centreville, Va., for a great night out on the town.
Their road trip ended with a brush with a sidewall to the Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge at about 120 feet above the Patuxent River. The bridge carries Rt. 4 over the river from Calvert County to St. Mary’s County, Md.
Sgt. Vlad Bortchevsky of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Officer said that family members of Farwig had been in touch with him earlier in the day on April 30th and no one realized that he and his wife had left their home.
After being hospitalized, Farwig’s condition was reported to be critical but stable.
According to Sgt. Bortchevsky, on May 01, 2015 at approximately 1:18 am deputies assigned to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the Thomas Johnson Bridge in Solomon’s, Maryland for a report of a serious motor vehicle crash involving a single vehicle.
Preliminary investigation revealed a 2007 Buick Lucerne was traveling southbound on the Gov. Thomas Johnson Bridge in the northbound lane. As oncoming traffic approached, the operator steered the vehicle to the left causing the vehicle to sideswipe the northbound barrier wall. After a correction to the right the vehicle crossed the center lines into the southbound lane. The operator overcorrected and the vehicle crossed the center line once more striking the northbound barrier wall with the front end. The vehicle came to final rest perpendicular to the lanes of travel with the front end against the barrier wall facing in the southerly direction.
The Buick was operated by Robert Lao Farwig, a 103-year-old male, of Centreville, Virginia. Robert Farwig was transported by Maryland State Police Trooper 7 to Baltimore Shock Trauma for potentially life threatening injuries. At the time of this press release Robert Farwig is listed in critical, but stable condition.
The passenger, Wanda Lou Farwig, a 94 year old female, of Centreville, Virginia, was transported by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital for nonlife threatening injuries. Wanda Farwig is listed in stable condition.
At this time it is undetermined why the couple drove to Solomons, Maryland from Centerville, Virginia. Based on the evidence obtained from the scene it appears that vehicle speed and driver error are factors that contributed to the collision.
Anyone with additional information regarding the collision is asked to contact DFC W. Beisel of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Team at 410-535-2800 or via firstname.lastname@example.org