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A Lexington Park man was killed Sunday morning after being struck by a police car while he lay unconscious in the road after he was ejected as the passenger in a one-vehicle crash on Pomfret Road in Indian Head, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday.
Wallace Maddox, 27, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The driver, 23, was taken to a hospital and admitted with serious injuries. He remained in serious condition Thursday afternoon, sheriff’s spokeswoman Diane Richardson said.
Officers were dispatched at 12:39 a.m. Nov. 11 to the American Legion in the 4300 block of Livingston Road when someone reported a large fight. When they arrived, they saw a Volkswagen Jetta leave the parking lot quickly.
An officer spotted the car a short time later in the 3900 block of Livingston Road.
The officer chased the car, but it had turned onto Pomfret Road and was significantly ahead of the officer.
The Jetta continued speeding and crested a hill near Ray Drive, where the driver lost control and struck an embankment, ejecting Maddox and the driver, police reported.
The officer did not see the crash and struck Maddox in the roadway as he went over the same hill.
It not yet clear why the driver and Maddox fled the American Legion at a high speed.
The officer, who has not been identified, has been placed on temporary administrative leave, “but not for disciplinary reasons,” Richardson said.
“At this point, it appears there was nothing he could do to avoid the crash,” she added. “I know the officer is deeply upset.”
No arrests were made at the American Legion; the fight was beginning to de-escalate as officers arrived, Richardson said.
Louis Cooper, the American Legion Randolph Furey Post 170 manager, said a social event was taking place at the post when the gathering was disturbed by an incident in the parking lot early Sunday morning.
Cooper said management shut down the facility at 12:15 a.m. Sunday and called the sheriff’s office.
After police arrived, the parking lot was closed and emptied, Cooper said, adding that the incident was “unfortunate.”
The sheriff’s office did not release the names of the officer driving the police car or the driver of the Jetta.
The investigation is ongoing.
A Facebook profile for Maddox indicated that he was married to Stephanie Buchanan-Maddox and had three daughters.
The profile indicates he was a video game and rap music fan.
Maddox last attended Henry E. Lackey High School in 2005, public schools spokeswoman Katie O’Malley-Simpson said.
Staff writer Paul S. Warner contributed to this report.