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The mother of a 7-year-old girl killed in a three-car accident June 24 also has died after spending the week in critical condition at a Prince George’s County hospital’s shock trauma unit.
The Maryland State Police La Plata barrack confirmed Friday afternoon that Marquetta Rochelle McGee of Waldorf had died from her injuries sustained in the crash, which also killed her young daughter, Ja’Nae Alicia Woodard.
McGee was driving north on Indian Head Highway in Bryans Road around 3:21 p.m. when a 1995 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Jackson Tutt, 73, of Fort Washington, slammed into the driver’s side of her 2003 Nissan Altima near the highway’s intersection with Lewis Place.
Investigators determined Tutt had been driving south on the highway when he crossed the median at Lewis Place and entered the northbound lanes.
Woodard, who was sitting in a booster seat directly behind her mother, was pronounced dead on the scene.
McGee and Tutt were both flown by helicopter to the shock trauma unit at Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly. Tutt was released from the hospital after being treated for nonlife-threatening injuries, trooper Justin Zimmerman of the Maryland State Police Crash Team said.
Tutt also struck the rear left side of another vehicle, a 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, before hitting McGee’s car, police said.
The driver, William Green, 60, of Indian Head, was not hurt, but his wife, Mattie Green, 63, was taken by ambulance to Fort Washington Medical Center, where she was treated for minor injuries and released, Zimmerman said.
Charges are pending against Tutt, whom officers determined was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident, Zimmerman said, adding it could take three to four months for the crash team to complete its reconstruction report and another couple of months for the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office to review the report and decide whether to file charges against Tutt, who is not in custody.
Woodard was a first-grader at William B. Wade Elementary School in Waldorf, which has started a memorial fund to help her family pay for expenses.
Monetary donations can be mailed or brought to the school at 2300 Smallwood Drive W., Waldorf, MD 20603.
Wade’s principal, Virginia McGraw, said members of the community have been calling the school to see what they could do to help the family and “we thought it would be a nice idea to start a memorial in her honor,” she said.
McGraw said Woodard came to the school in November and “she was always smiling.”
McGraw said Woodard was a very good student and performed above her grade level, according to her most recent report card.
Comments from her teacher, Shane Blandford, include that Woodard was a great reader, “works well with others” and has a “great excitement for learning.”
By staff writers JEFF NEWMAN and GRETCHEN PHILLIPS