Calvert Police Beat / Fatal crash of Tania Hernandez may have been due to driver nodding off

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Calvert Police Beat / Fatal crash may have been due to driver nodding off

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OWINGS, MD. — Calvert Sheriff Mike Evans reports that on April 29, 2017, at approximately 5:49 am, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to Maryland Route 4 and Lower Marlboro Rd, Owings, for a Motor Vehicle Collision. 

A preliminary investigation revealed that a 2005 Toyota Highlander, being operated by Tania Hernandez of Baltimore Maryland, was traveling north on Maryland Route 4.   Witnesses stated they observed the vehicle swerving all over the roadway.   As the Toyota approached the left turn lane for Lower Marlboro Road it struck the raised concrete divider. 

The Toyota then rolled into the southbound lanes of Maryland Route 4.  A 2002 Volkswagen Passat, being operated by Deon Oliver of Woodbridge Virginia, was traveling south on Maryland Route 4.   The Toyota traveled into the path of the Volkswagen.  The Volkswagen struck the Toyota on the driver’s side. Tania Hernandez was pronounced deceased on the scene as a result of injuries she received from the collision. 

At this time fatigue is considered to be a contributing factor in the collision.

Trooper 2 flew Deon Oliver to Prince Georges Hospital Center with non-life threatening injuries.  At this time fatigue is considered to be a contributing factor in the collision. Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Team is conducting an investigation into the collision.  Sgt. T. Phelps of CRT is assigned this investigation. 

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