On May 13, 2015 at approximately 5:48 pm, the Calvert Control Center received a 911 call for a serious motor vehicle crash on Broomes Island Road in the area of Howard Drive. Upon arrival Calvert County Sheriff’s Office units confirmed the severity of the crash, assessed the scene, deployed resources, and coordinated road closures. Broomes Island Road was closed to vehicular traffic from Grays Road to Chippingwood Drive in an effort to secure the scene. An emergency room nurse stopped at the scene on her way to work, assessed the patients and began caring for the injured. EMS personnel from the St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Dept. and Rescue Squad responded to the crash scene and tended to the patients. Members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Team were called to the scene and assumed the investigation.
Preliminary investigation revealed a 2009 Ford Edge operated by Karen Veid of St. Leonard was traveling south on Broomes Island Road (towards Broomes Island) when it crossed over the double yellow center line striking a 2014 Ford Focus in a head on offset type collision. The Ford Focus was being operated by Linda Burke of Port Republic. Also in the Ford Focus were two young boys ages 8 and 11. Both children were transported to Children’s Hospital by Trooper 6 for treatment of various non-life threatening injuries. Linda Burke was transported to MedStar by Trooper 7 for Life Threatening injuries sustained during the crash. Karen Veid was transported to Prince Georges Hospital Center by Trooper 6.
Despite lifesaving efforts from EMS, flight medics, nurses and doctors, Linda Burke succumbed to her injuries shortly after her arrival at MedStar. Investigation into the cause of this crash is continuing. Anyone who may have witnessed this collision or may have information that would assist with the investigation is asked to contact Cpl. A.C. Moschetto of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Reconstruction Team at 410-535-2800.