A man walking along the shoulder of Hawthorne Road in La Plata died Saturday night after he was struck by a car and dragged for nearly half a mile, according to the Maryland State Police.
Scottie M. Queen, 53, of La Plata was walking west on the shoulder of the Charles County road near the intersection with Bivins Place -- less than a mile from where he lived -- when a Chevrolet Lumina struck him from behind about 7:30 p.m., police said. The Lumina, driven by Carla Y. Crump of La Plata had moved onto the shoulder in preparation for a right turn onto Bivins, police said.
As Crump continued the turn, her vehicle dragged Queen along the rutted, potholed road toward her home, police said. Once Queen's body dislodged from the vehicle, Crump continued the short distance to her house, police said.
Queen was pronounced dead at the scene.
"I think she probably got scared and panicked," said Lt. Randy Stephens of the state police.
As of Monday evening, no charges had been filed against Crump. The Charles County State's Attorney's Office was reviewing the case and waiting for an autopsy report.
Stephens noted that Crump had left the scene of an accident that "involved a death." However, he said, "we don't know if her driving was illegal by going onto the shoulder. We don't know how far she went on to make the turn."
Crump and Queen lived about a mile from each other in the same general neighborhood on the north side of Hawthorne Road. Stephens said he did not know whether they were acquainted.
At Crump's house Monday, her father answered the door and said the family would make no comment until the investigation was completed.
The Charles County Sheriff's Office reported another serious traffic accident this week. At noon Monday, a 17-year-old Waldorf girl lost control of the Saturn coupe she was driving on Piney Church Road. The car struck a telephone pole, police said.
The accident occurred near Renner Road as the vehicle rounded a curve too quickly, police said, sending the Saturn off the road. A second 17-year-old girl who was a passenger was thrown from the car. Neither was wearing a seat belt, and both were taken to Prince George's Hospital Center as a precaution, police said.