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A man died after he drove through a red light and struck a tree Wednesday night on Smallwood Drive in Waldorf, the Maryland State Police reported.

Police reported that trooper P. Kenge of the MSP La Plata barrack was patrolling in a marked police cruiser at about 11:15 p.m. June 4 in the area of Smallwood Drive and Barrington Drive, according to an MSP news release.

While stopped at the intersection, Kenge saw a white 2012 Nissan Altima driving against traffic, heading east in the westbound lanes of Smallwood Drive. Kenge tried to stop the car at Smallwood Drive at the Carrington Center at 335 Smallwood Drive, according to the release.

The Nissan pulled into the parking lot, failed to stop and re-entered Smallwood Drive heading east in the correct lane. The driver failed to stop at the red traffic signal at Smallwood Drive at St. Charles Parkway and traveled through the intersection striking a tree, police reported.

The driver, Gerard V. Hall, 48, of Waldorf was taken to the University of Maryland Charles County Regional Medical Center in La Plata, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The crash is still under investigation and any witnesses are urged to call the MSP at 301-392-1231.