Machiavelli Tyzhae Savoy was indicted this week on charges including second-degree murder, the St. Mary’s sheriff’s office reported Thursday, from an investigation of a fatal crash that occurred as law officers pursued Savoy last winter on Pegg Road.
Savoy, a 20-year-old Lexington Park resident, was jailed last month after his release from a hospital, on criminal charges filed against him before the March 3 collision that killed Carol Jean Anderson, an 87-year-old resident of a Valley Lee area neighborhood.
Savoy was wanted for missing court on a misdemeanor drug-possession charge before Maryland State Police initiated the pursuit on a Lexington Park roadway, authorities report, and sheriff’s deputies also were chasing Savoy before the sport utility vehicle he was driving crossed the centerline of Pegg Road and collided with a small car driven by Anderson.
Jurors at a trial “could find that he [acted with] a depraved heart, or they could find that he was engaged in drug dealing [while armed] when he killed Mrs. Anderson,” Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Daniel White said Thursday of the basis for charging Savoy with the murder offense. “The state believes he was purposely driving recklessly to get police to call off the chase.”
Savoy also was wanted on gun charges filed in January, in court papers alleging that during a traffic stop that month on Great Mills Road, “Savoy jumped from the passenger seat to the driver seat [and] … a handgun fell from his person onto the ground before he drove away from the scene.” Grand jurors indicted Savoy on charges in that case as he was being treated in a hospital for his own injuries from the crash on Pegg Road, where a sheriff’s office release states that Savoy had a loaded handgun. White said some marijuana also was recovered at the scene of the crash.
As a result in part of the January gun charges, Savoy also was wanted at the time of the pursuit on a warrant charging him with violating his probation from a previous firearm conviction.
After Savoy’s release from the hospital, he used a walker as he entered a courtroom last month for a preliminary probation-violation hearing, at which time White said that he was pursuing a “homicide case” against Savoy.
A public defender said in court later that day Savoy suffered a “severe traumatic brain injury” from the crash, adding, “I don’t think Mr. Savoy in any way intended any harm to anyone.” A judge ordered that Savoy receive a competency evaluation while in pretrial custody.