Thursday, December 4, 2014


    On December 4, 2014 at approximately 5:35 p.m. members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the area of 6200 North Solomons Island Road (MD Route 2-4), Sunderland, Maryland for a report of a serious motor vehicle crash involving two vehicles. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2001 Dodge Dakota was traveling southbound on MD Route 2-4 (North Solomons Island Road) in the area of the China King Restaurant when a 2014 Ford F-150 entered the southbound lanes of MD Route 2-4 in an attempt to make a U-turn.  The 2001 Dodge struck the Ford on the right rear axle causing both vehicles to travel to uncontrolled final rest on the southbound shoulder of MD Route 2-4.

    The 2014 Ford F-150 was operated by Ryan M. Douglas, a 22 year old male of Waldorf, who sustained minor injuries.  The vehicle was also occupied by a front seat passenger Jonathan M. Douglas, a 23 year old of Waldorf, who sustained minor injuries.  Both occupants of the F-150 were transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital, where they were treated for their injuries and released.

    The 2001 Dodge Dakota was operated by Joseph David Fernandes, a 28 year old male of Chesapeake Beach.  Fernandes sustained multiple injuries and was transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.  An examination of the 2001 Dodge Dakota revealed that Fernandes was not wearing his seatbelt, which contributed to the extensive injuries sustained by him during the collision. Driver error and failure to yield the right of way by Douglas are major contributing factors to this collision. 

    Cpl. T. Phelps of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Crash Reconstruction Team is conducting the investigation into the events leading up to the collision.  Anyone with additional information regarding the incident is asked to contact Cpl. T. Phelps of CRT at 410-535-2800 or via e-mail at