Fatal Traffic Crash Wicomico County


Salisbury Barrack “E”

2765 N. Salisbury Blvd

Salisbury, MD 21801





Type of Incident: Fatal Traffic Crash

Date and Time: 12/15/2018 4:10 PM

Location: Old Ocean City Rd West of Richardson Rd, Wicomico County


Vehicle(s): 2008 Toyota Tk




William Joseph Hathaway, Male/36 years of age, Berlin, MD




Driver: William Joseph Hathaway, 36 year old male was pronounced dead at the hospital.


Narrative: MSP Salisbury received a call from a concerned citizen after they passed by a vehicle in a ditch at the above location. After the barrack took the call, several 911 calls were received for the same incident. The occupant and driver was determined to be a William Joseph Hathaway, W/M, 36 years of age, from Berlin, MD. William had called his wife on a cell phone and stated he was okay but someone turned in front of him and he had to swerve into a ditch. She also heard him state to concerned citizens that stopped at the scene that he was okay. However, by the time EMS and troopers arrived, Williams was observed to be non-breathing and slumped over the center console. He was immediately transported to PRMC where he was pronounced dead. 

Immediate family was notified by Tfc Shelter and PRMC Staff.

The vehicle was a 2008 Toyota truck with MD reg 17182M8. Minimal damage was sustained by the Toyota, and it does not appear consistent with the driver suffering fatal injuries. There was no airbag deployment.  

TFC Kevin Moore, MSP Salisbury, responded for the collision reconstruction. 

Investigation is continuing. 

Investigating Trooper or Barrack Media Contact Name: S/Tpr Edwards #5096

Phone Number: 410-749-3101



Worcester County Proud!

Folks, we are beyond words in our attempt to express our heartfelt gratitude to all those who helped make a young mans night. Tonight, the local community pulled out all the stops and gave this young man a Christmas Parade that left many of us with lumps in our throats. It goes without saying, it was the largest nighttime parade in Girdletree History. We will be providing a much more detailed response tomorrow with additional pictures , but at last count there were over 97 different organizations represented with over 200 pieces of apparatus in this parade. Jake, we are praying for you and we wish you and your family a Merry Christmas. It was truly our honor to assist and participate in your parade.

Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Press Release

On Thursday December 13th at about 1800 Hrs. the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office was proud to participate in a parade for a child in our community named Jake. Jake was unable to attend the Christmas parades in Worcester County this year due to an illness. One of Jake’s joys is to watch the numerous organizations display their holiday spirit throughout Worcester County in the Christmas parades. The parade was held on his street in front of his house outside Girdletree.

The Sheriff’s Office was approached to lend assistance in organizing a small group of people who wanted to give Jake his own parade. The event blossomed from a few vehicles into an outpouring of support from the community. There were 97 entries from Delmarva communities and organizations from as far away as Delaware, Wicomico and Somerset Counties. There were 200 vehicles participating

We cannot thank the community that we serve enough for reaching out and making the life of one child just a bit better on December 13th 2018.

Maryland State Police Investigating Shooting In Wicomico County

Maryland State Police News Release

(SALISBURY, Md.) – Maryland State Police are investigating a shooting that left a man injured Wednesday evening in Wicomico County.

Shortly after 8:20 p.m., troopers from the Salisbury Barrack responded to a report of a shooting in the area of Richmond Avenue and West Road in Salisbury, Maryland. Troopers located the victim, a 42-year-old male who had sustained gunshot wounds to his lower extremities, lying alone in the road when they arrived on scene.

The victim was transported by ambulance to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. The Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division Lower Shore was notified and is investigating this case.

According to a preliminary investigation, the victim was walking alone when he was shot. There is no available information on the gunman’s description, how the victim was approached or any possible motive for the shooting.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Cpl. Hale at the Salisbury Barrack at 410-749-3101.

The investigation is continuing.