Fort Meade (ANN) –An early morning wrong way crash left one person dead. According to county police, at approximately 2:00am, early Saturday morning officers responded to MD 32 East, just east of MD 198 for a two-vehicle crash.
A Ford pick-up truck, driven by Christopher Thomas (39) of Glen Burnie was traveling the wrong direction (westbound) in the eastbound lanes of MD 32. The Ford struck an eastbound Toyota Camry, driven by Raymond McCarter Jr. (33) of Bowie nearly head-on. The driver of the Toyota was pronounced dead at the scene and was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsy. The driver of the Ford was not injured
The preliminary cause of the crash appears to be the Ford traveling the wrong direction on a controlled access highway. The use of alcohol appears to have contributed to this crash. The Traffic Safety Section is handing the investigation. After conferring with the States Attorney’s Office the driver of the Ford has been charged
Mr Thomas has been charged with manslaughter by vehicle or vessel – Gross negligence, Manslaughter by vehicle or vessel – Criminal negligence, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol per se, and driving while impaired.