A man died in a fiery car accident in Jarrettsville while a teenager survived with injuries. The accident occurred on Sunday, July 18th. The Hartford County Sheriff’s Office said the car involved went off the road before crashing, and speed could be a factor.
The sheriff’s office deputies arrived at the scene of the car accident in Jarrettsville in the 3900 block of Old Federal Hill Road at about 5:34 p.m. and found a single crashed vehicle engulfed in flames. They stated that 35-year-old Joseph Lee DePasquale of Annapolis died at the scene.
14-year-old Kai Merritt of Jarrettsville survived the crash, and medics flew him to Johns Hopkins Pediatric Emergency Department using a Maryland State Helicopter. The teenager’s injuries are not life-threatening. The sheriff’s office said a person who heard the crash rushed to the scene and removed the teenager from the wrecked car by breaking a window before it became engulfed in flames.
The preliminary investigation hinted that DePasquale was heading east on Old Federal Hill Road in a 2017 Ford Expedition. The vehicle then ran off the road, struck a tree stump, and caught fire. The investigators said it’s not clear if the driver wore a seatbelt when the crash happened.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing, but the evidence gathered so far suggests that excessive speed could have contributed to it. The sheriff’s office has asked anyone with information to contact their traffic unit at 443-409-3324.
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