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A man died, and two other people were injured in a single-vehicle crash Friday in La Plata.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office reported that at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Gabriel William Maxwell, 22, of Waldorf was driving a Chevy Colorado south on Turkey Hill Road when he lost control of the pickup truck at a curve and struck a tree.

Maxwell was pronounced dead on the scene.

Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Diane Richardson said there were two passengers in the truck at the time of the crash.

A 17-year-old boy from Hughesville and Anthony Hyshaw, 19, of Waldorf were flown to a hospital.

Richardson said the 17-year-old was in critical condition, and it appeared Hyshaw had injuries that were not life-threatening.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, she said.

She said it appeared Maxwell and Hyshaw were wearing seatbelts, and the 17-year-old was not.

Maxwell’s mother, Lynn Maxwell, said, “He was our world. He was our joy.”

Lynn Maxwell said her son loved music and was a good guitarist.

Maxwell’s friend Stephanie Chase said Maxwell was “one of the most amazing people you’ll ever meet in your life.”

Chase, of Nanjemoy, said Maxwell’s family and friends meant a lot to him and that he “would give you the shirt off his back.”

Richardson said officers are investigating whether speed and/or alcohol were factors in the crash.

gphillips@somdnews.com