A man is dead after an early morning crash on Gambrill Park Road, the second fatal crash in a matter of months on the roadway.
The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office reported that Daniel Swader of Gaithersburg was killed on May 5 after the silver 1993 Honda Accord he was driving southbound in the 8800 block of Gambrill Park Road went off the roadway and collided with a tree. A front-seat passenger in the vehicle, Trevor Robison of North Potomac, was uninjured and refused medical treatment, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.
Police were called to the area at around 1:26 a.m. and pronounced Swader dead at the scene at around 1:40 a.m. An initial investigation found that Swader was driving southbound on the roadway when the Accord’s passenger side tires went off the roadway and into the grassy shoulder, police said in a statement. Swader turned to pull the tires back on the roadway but the vehicle began to rotate clockwise and swing into the northbound lanes where it ultimately struck a tree on the Accord’s driver’s side, according to the statement.
The death follows another fatal crash on the roadway in December 2012. Jonathan Horne, from Frederick was killed when the 2003 Dodge Neon the 22 year old was driving failed to make a turn on the roadway, went off the road, and struck a tree, catching fire. The two passengers who were riding with him, Philip Schmidt, 25, and Dean Wendig, 24, were able to escape the vehicle and call for help but Horne could not and died at the scene, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office. Whether speed or alcohol was a factor in the crash, Sgt. Jody Maybush, a traffic supervisor in the sheriff’s office, couldn’t recall.
Police have not yet determined if speed or alcohol were factors in the May 5 crash, said Maybush. Swader was wearing a seat belt, he said.