Truck driver from York involved in fatal Maryland crash

Anthony Maenza
York Dispatch

A truck driver from York City was involved in a three-vehicle crash Thursday in Maryland that led to another man's death.

Maryland State Police said in a news release that the crash occurred shortly before 2:40 p.m. in Harford County.

Maryland state troopers responded to the intersection of Emmorton Road (Maryland Route 24) and Philadelphia Road (Maryland Route 7) in Abingdon, Maryland, for a report of a multi-vehicle crash.

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According to a preliminary investigation, the release states, a tractor-trailer driven by Thomas Tompkins, 66, of York, was traveling north on Emmorton Road at the same time that a 2013 Chrysler 300 and a 2017 Jeep Compass were traveling south on the same road. 

Police said in the release that investigators believe Tompkins failed to stop at a red light and entered an intersection to turn west onto Philadelphia Road.

The front of the tractor-trailer struck the left side of the Chrysler in the intersection. The driver of the Jeep swerved to avoid a crash, police said, but the Chrysler struck the front right fender of the Jeep. The Chrysler left the road and came to rest in brush nearby.

The driver of the Chrysler, Raul Alejandro Smith, 36, of Edgewood, Maryland, was taken by ambulance to the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, where he was declared dead. Tompkins and the driver of the Jeep refused medical treatment at the scene. The crash closed the road for five hours.  

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No charges have been filed in the crash, which remains under investigation. The Maryland State Police's crash team is conducting the investigation and will submit its findings to the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office, which will determine if charges are appropriate. 

— Reach Anthony Maenza at amaenza@yorkdispatch.com or @atmaenza on Twitter.