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Fatal Car Accident

UPDATED Montgomery County police officers are investigating a fatal car accident on Darnestown Road near Martinsburg Road.

At approximately 4:05 a.m., on April 17, officers responded to the 20200 block of Darnestown Road for the report of car collision from a driver passing through the area.

A preliminary investigation revealed that a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire was traveling eastbound on Darnestown Road when the incident occurred. For reasons still under investigation, police said the driver crossed the center line, traveled into the westbound lane, and left the roadway.

According to a police account, the vehicle then struck a utility pole, overturned, and came to rest on the roadway at the entrance to the Woodstock Equestrian Park.  During the collision, the driver, who was the only occupant in the vehicle, was ejected. He was not wearing a seat belt, police said.

There are no known witnesses to the collision. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have identified the driver as Kenneth James Lovelett, age 58, of an unconfirmed address.

The circumstances surrounding this collision remain under investigation.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240.773.6620 or call the police non-emergency number at 301.279.8000.  Callers may remain anonymous.

During the accident investigation, Route 28 was closed between Martinsburg and Route 109 for a few hours.


Sonya Burke

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Sonya Burke is the Multimedia Manager at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at or reach her on Twitter @SonyaNBurke.


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