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A Mechanicsville man died Wednesday afternoon at the scene of an accident on Route 5 in Hughesville.

Maryland State Police and officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office were called about 3:30 p.m. that day to the northbound lanes of the highway.

James Hunter Rowley Jr., 24, of Mechanicsville was driving a Pontiac G8 in a southbound lane of the highway when for unknown reasons his car hit a guardrail, Cpl. Justin Zimmerman said Thursday afternoon. He said Rowley overcorrected, causing the car to go across a grassy median into the northbound lanes of the highway, where his car was struck on the passenger side by a Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by John Raymond Sellner, 73, of Brandywine.

Police reported Rowley was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Rowley was a union worker in the heating and air-conditioning trade, primarily in the Washington, D.C., area, according to an aunt, Penny Webb of Hollywood.

“He was a fan of baseball, but he also played baseball” as a pitcher, and coach for the local Wolfpack softball team, Webb said, noting that her nephew also enjoyed participating in cornhole games.

“He was a well-loved person in the community,” she said. “He was known throughout the community as ‘Buddy.’”

The family is accepting donations to defray the cost of funeral services being arranged by the Brinsfield-Echols funeral home in Charlotte Hall.

Sellner, the driver of the pickup truck, was flown to the Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly by helicopter with injuries that were not life-threatening.

The investigation determined Sellner had been under the influence of alcohol, although in this case, the report stated alcohol was not a contributing factor in the accident.

The investigation is continuing, and state police encouraged any witnesses to call Trooper Mark Galgan or Cpl. Justin Zimmerman at 301-392-1200.

gphillips@somdnews.com