- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
A Leonardtown area man remembered this week for his help at his family’s home and fondness for the Baltimore Ravens football team died Saturday evening, police report, when the pickup truck he was driving went off Medley’s Neck Road and overturned in a ditch.
David Michael Bell Jr., 22, was traveling east on the roadway toward Valley Lee at about 7:50 p.m. Saturday when the 2002 Toyota Tacoma struck and rolled down a dirt embankment, according to St. Mary's sheriff's deputies. Bell, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the truck, and he died at the scene.
“He was getting gas for his dad to put in the lawn mower,” Jakob Bell, a cousin of the driver, said Monday at his adjacent home off White Point Road.
Second District and Leonardtown fire and rescue volunteers were dispatched to the scene, along with Lexington Park rescue volunteers and a St. Mary’s advanced life-support unit. A county dispatch report states that the emergency responders attempted to revive the motorist.
A sheriff’s office release states that speed and alcohol are believed to be contributing factors in the crash. A senior officer said there were no preliminary indications as to what specifically caused the truck to go off the roadway.
David Bell attended Leonardtown High School, and most recently had kept busy gardening, cutting wood and doing yard work at the property located inland from the Potomac River, his cousin said. “He was really into football. He followed the Ravens a lot,” Jakob Bell said. “He got along with everybody.”
The sheriff’s office has requested that anyone with information about the accident contact Sgt. Edward B. Evans at 301-475-4200, ext. 9018.