Driver identified; alcohol cited in early morning fatal collision

By: David M. Higgins II

UPDATE 2/23/2019 6:20 p.m.- (Newburg, Maryland) – On Saturday, February 23, 2019, at approximately 0042 hours, Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded for a report of a motor vehicle collision involving two vehicles on southbound United States Route 301 in the area of Maryland Route 234 in Newburg, Maryland.

Due to the circumstances, the Maryland State Police CRASH Team responded to assume the investigation.

A preliminary investigation conducted by Troopers from the MSP La Plata Barrack and the MSP CRASH Team indicates a 1995 Ford F-150 operated by Kevin Earl Johnson, (57 yoa) of Nanjemoy, MD was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of United States Route 301 in the area of Maryland Route 234 in Newburg, Maryland.

At the same time, a 2017 Honda Civic operated by Krystal Daniella-Lyn Lewis, (22 yoa) of Newburg, Maryland was traveling on southbound United States Route 301 in the area of Maryland Route 234 in lane number one. The Ford F-150 collided head-on with the Honda Civic. After the collision, the Ford F-150 overturned and came to a final rest on its roof.

The Honda Civic rotated counter clockwise and came to a final rest in the roadway. The operator of the Ford F-150, Kevin Earl Johnson was pronounced deceased on the scene.

The operator of the Honda Civic, Krystal Daniella-Lyn Lewis was transported by Maryland State Police helicopter Trooper 7 to University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital for treatment.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the collision.

Anyone who may have witnessed this crash is asked to contact Corporal J. Zimmerman of the MSP CRASH Team at (301) 392-1231. The investigation is continuing and being investigated by Corporal J. Zimmerman of the Maryland State Police CRASH Team. (19-MSP-007975)


UPDATE 6:40 a.m. From the Maryland State Police-La Plata Barracks

(Newburg, Maryland) – On Saturday, February 23, 2019, at approximately 0042 hours(12:42 a.m.), Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded for a report of a motor vehicle collision involving two vehicles on southbound United States Route 301 in the area of Maryland Route 234 in Newburg, Maryland. Due to the circumstances, the Maryland State Police CRASH Team responded to assume the investigation.

A preliminary investigation conducted by Troopers from the MSP La Plata Barrack and the MSP CRASH Team indicates a 1995 Ford F-150 operated by (name withheld pending next of kin notification) was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of United States Route 301 in the area of Maryland Route 234 in Newburg, Maryland. At the same time, a 2017 Honda Civic operated by Krystal Daniella-Lyn Lewis, (22 yoa) of Newburg, Maryland was traveling on southbound United States Route 301 in the area of Maryland Route 234 in lane number one. The Ford F-150 collided head-on with the Honda Civic.

After the collision, the Ford F-150 overturned and came to a final rest on its roof. The Honda Civic rotated counter clockwise and came to a final rest in the roadway.

The operator of the Ford F-150 was pronounced deceased on the scene. The operator of the Honda Civic, Krystal Daniella-Lyn Lewis was transported by Maryland State Police helicopter Trooper 7 to University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital for treatment. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the collision.

Anyone who may have witnessed this crash is asked to contact Corporal J. Zimmerman of the MSP CRASH Team at (301) 392-1231.

The investigation is continuing and being investigated by Corporal J. Zimmerman of the Maryland State Police CRASH Team. (19-MSP-007975)


UPDATE: 6:00 a.m.- Crain Highway is re-opened in all directions per The Charles County Sheriff’s Office.

Please, no matter where you are; drive safely, slow down, pay attention.


UPDATE 5:53 a.m.- The below information was published to the Newburg Volunteer Fire Department’s Facebook page:

“Rescue Engine 141 and Ambulance 149 responded at approx 00:39 hours to a report of an MVC with entrapment on Crain Highway Southbound in the area of Glasva Citgo. Units arrived after the Charles County Sheriff’s Office to find one patient trapped in a passenger car, which was airlifted by Trooper 7 to an area trauma center, and one patient who succumbed to their injuries on scene in the second vehicle.

Crews worked with Chief 10-A, Chief 10-B, Chief 1-A, SQ-10, Rescue Engine 13, Medic 51 and the South Medical Duty Officer operated on scene. Many thanks to all companies for a job well done! Also thanks to CCSO, MSP Aviation and patrol/crash team, DES for the light unit and SHA who is working to clean the roadway, which still remains closed Southbound.

Also, thanks to Cobb Island VFD for filling our quarters for the duration of the incident. Our prayers are with all involved.”


Newburg,MD- On Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 12:58 a.m., the Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad/Fire Department was notified of a motor vehicle collision on the southbound side of Crain HIghway in the area of Budds Creek Road.

Units responded to the scene to find a head-on style collision between a white truck( on it’s side) and a grey-ish sedan with front impact damage.

One person was MEDEVAC’d with trauma injuries and a second person was pronounced deceased.

The Northbound lanes of Crain Highway were re-opened at 2:04 a.m. and as of 4:30 a.m. the southbound is still closed.

This is a developing story. Stay with the Southern Maryland Chronicle for more details once released by authorities.

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