Sheriff’s office asking for public’s help in Waldorf crash investigation

WASHINGTON — The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is searching for people who may have witnessed a car crash Friday night in Waldorf that left two toddlers in serious condition and three adults in critical condition.

The car they were riding in left the roadway on St. Charles Parkway and struck a tree before bursting into flames. Charles County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Diane Richardson says that they need people to come forward in order to start piecing together what happened on that stretch of road just before midnight.

“We did get information that there were several people who may have helped one of the passengers in the vehicle and we’re hoping to identify them, and we’re also looking for anybody who witnessed the crash or was there afterward and helped out in any way,” Richardson said.

The two children, who are under the age of 2, remain hospitalized with serious injuries but are expected to recover.

The three adults remain in critical condition after suffering head trauma and broken bones. One woman also has second and  third-degree burns to her body.

“There was a horrific scene when apparently the car struck a tree the vehicle caught on fire and the flames got as high as 12 feet tall,” Richardson said.

Officers with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office traffic operations unit are investigating the incident and have not yet discovered a cause of the crash.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or assisted the passengers is asked to contact Cpl. B. Saunders of the CCSO Traffic Operations Unit at 301-609-6225 or send an email to

Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

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