Update: Two Killed, Four Others Injured Near Chesapeake City, Police Release Names


Maryland State Police (MSP) are investigating a multi-vehicle crash in which two people died and four others were injured Tuesday morning in Cecil County, according to MSP Spokesman Ron Snyder.

Snyder said at approximately 5:30 a.m., a white Mitsubishi Galant, which was being driven by a 28-year-old woman from Chester, Pennsylvania, was traveling south on MD 213 just north of the Chesapeake City Bridge when it crossed the double yellow line into the northbound travel lane.

According to a preliminary investigation, the Galant crashed into a Mazda pick-up truck, which was towing a small boat on a trailer. The driver of the pick-up truck, Richard Gestewitz, 53, of Charlestown, Md., and his passenger, Charles Sutton, 70, of North East, Md. were declared deceased at the scene by Cecil County Department of Emergency Services.

A third vehicle, a Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck, driven by a 60-year-old Elkton man, was traveling north behind the Mazda when it struck that truck’s boat trailer after the first crash. Haines was transported by ambulance to Christiana Hospital in Delaware for treatment of his injuries.

The boat ricocheted into the southbound lanes when a Chevrolet Cobalt that was traveling south on MD 213 struck it. The driver of the Cobalt, a 55-year-old Galena, Maryland man, was transported by ambulance to Union Hospital in Elkton for treatment of his injuries.

The driver of the Mitsubishi Galant was flown by a Maryland State Police medevac helicopter to Shock Trauma in Baltimore with life-threatening injuries. Her passenger, a 21-year-old, of Colora, Md., was transported by ambulance to Christiana Hospital for treatment of her injuries. According to a preliminary investigation, drugs or alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the crash, said Snyder. Charges are pending.

The road remained closed for several hours after the crash. The incident remains under investigation.

Breaking Report

Elkton, Md. – At approximately 5:30 this morning an off-duty medic came across an accident at in the 1800 block of Augustine Herman Highway at Spears Hill Road, near Chesapeake City.

As the medic assessed the scene he reported to dispatchers that one vehicle was rolled-over into a ditch and there was an injured subject in the vehicle.  There is debris all over the roadway, he reported.

Shortly after requesting an ambulance and paramedics, he alerted dispatch that he had located an additional vehicle with at least one injured person and requested additional crews to the scene.

Upon arrival, Command requested rescue crews from Chesapeake City, Elkton, Newark, and Middletown, along with Trooper 1 (Maryland State Police Aviation).

One patient was flown to the trauma center via Trooper 1. Two other patients succumbed at the scene, according to officials.

Route 213 is shut down between Elk Forest Road and Hemphill Road, just north of Chesapeake City, as police investigate the crash.

Drivers are advised to use alternate routes.


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