Maryland State Police officials said that troopers have issued a citation for negligent driving to the driver of a van that swerved across a Route 5 median in Charles County on Sunday and struck a car carrying a Prince George's family of five, killing a 14-year-old passenger.
No criminal charges have been filed against Gregory L. Chapman, 36, whose Ford F-350 van crashed into the side of a 1999 Nissan Maxima carrying a Fort Washington family to a dinner with family friends in St. Mary's County. Police issued the citation, which carries a $500 fine, shortly after the accident.
The crash killed Craig L. Bond Jr., a freshman at Friendly High School. His mother, father, sister and brother were taken to Washington-area hospitals with minor injuries. Chapman declined medical treatment at the scene.
Chapman was not paying attention to the road about 5:30 p.m. Sunday as he drove north on Route 5, said 1st Sgt. D.A. Truitt of the Maryland State Police barrack in La Plata. Chapman swerved left onto the median and lost control of his vehicle, which then went into the southbound lane and struck the Bond family's car on the rear driver-side door, Truitt said.
"Once he was running off the road, he was unable to gain control of the vehicle," Truitt said.
Chapman did not return a phone call seeking comment Tuesday afternoon.
Tondria Bond, 38, who was riding in the front passenger seat of the Maxima with her husband, Craig Bond Sr., driving and with their three children in the back seat, said the van came at their car without warning.
"We saw him come across the median, and that's a really big median. It looked like he had lost control. We tried to swerve to miss him, but he hit the back of the car," Tondria Bond said.
Her son was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bond said her oldest son would be remembered as "a joyful child. He was always joking and just being silly all the time."
Craig Bond was a cornerback on Friendly High School's junior varsity football team, and he ran cross-country with the Clinton Track Club.
His favorite activity, though, his mother said, was hanging out with his father, an electrical engineer for Pepco. The two of them often went fishing. Whenever the elder Bond was making home improvements or doing yard work -- building a deck, setting up a swing set, cutting down trees -- his son was always there to help.
"They were very close. He loved his father," said Bond, a Defense Department employee.
She said her son began talking about college this year and had joined the high school ROTC program. He hoped to join the Navy eventually, serving in the military like his father, who was in the Air Force, Bond said.
"He had a bright future ahead of him," she said.