Western Maryland man driving at high speed dies in single-vehicle crash

A 47-year-old Maryland man died Saturday after losing control of his vehicle while traveling along westbound alternate U.S. Route 40 in an area northwest of Frederick, Maryland State Police report.

The driver, and sole occupant of the vehicle, Michael Levi Deshong of Boonsboro, was driving at a high speed near Benevola Church Road when he veered off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned back on to the road, according to police.

Deshong, who was driving a 1999 white Saturn SW2, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Maryland State Police Hagerstown Barrack responded to the accident around 5 p.m.

An investigation has been opened. Anyone able to provide additional information related to the case is encouraged to contact the  Hagerstown State Police barrack at 301-766-3800.

Below is a map of where the accident took place.


Glynis Kazanjian

Glynis Kazanjian has been a freelance writer covering Maryland politics and government on the local, state and federal levels for the last 11 years. Her work is published in Maryland Matters, the Baltimore Post Examiner, Bethesda Beat and Md. Reporter. She has also worked as a true crime researcher.

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