La Plata crash claims the life of 21-year-old Welcome man

By: David M. Higgins II

UPDATE 10/19/2019: On October 18, at 3:15 p.m., officers responded to the area of Poorhouse Road and Gorham Lane in La Plata for the report of a single-vehicle crash. A preliminary investigation showed the driver of a Nissan Altima was traveling south on Poorhouse Road when he left the roadway and struck a tree. The driver, Richard James Burket, 21, of Welcome, MD, was pronounced deceased on the scene. The CCSO Traffic Operations Unit is continuing the investigation.


Charles County, MD(3:24 p.m.) – Charles County Volunteers are on the scene of a serious motor vehicle crash that has closed Poorhouse Road between Harley Davidson Place and Gorham Lane.

Charles County Volunteers PIO Bill Smith tells the Southern Maryland Chronicle that the incident was a single-vehicle high-speed crash and that one person has died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Expect the roadway to be closed for an extended period of time for reconstruction.

Image courtesy of Charles County Volunteer Fire and Emergency Medical Services

Watch for emergency vehicles and personnel. Find an alternate route if possible.

This is a developing story.


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David M. Higgins II

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in Digital Marketing, eventually leading him back to his passion. David started The Southern Maryland Chronicle in December 2017 and has grown it to become the #1 news source in Southern Maryland.

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