Calvert Police Beat / Fatal crash of Tania Hernandez may have been due to driver nodding off
The preliminary investigation indicates the Mitsubishi initially pulled to the shoulder, but when the trooper’s car pulled behind, the driver accelerated and fled north on Rt. 4. The trooper notified the barrack and pursued as the Mitsubishi turned onto a side road, then onto Main Street in Prince Frederick. When the driver of the Mitsubishi came to the intersection of Main Street and Rt. 4, he turned left and proceeded southbound in the northbound lanes of the highway, swerving back and forth across traffic.
The barrack duty officer was monitoring the pursuit. When the driver of the Mitsubishi began driving south in the northbound lanes, the duty officer ordered the pursuit ended out of a concern for public safety. Moments later, the Mitsubishi struck the northbound Ford Escape driven by Fisher on Rt. 4 south of Sixes Road.
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