On July 14, 2017 at approximately 11:15 a.m., Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded to a personal injury motor vehicle collision on Rock Point Road west of Kings Farm Place.
The preliminary investigation conducted by Troopers indicates that a 2007 Chrysler 300M was
traveling westbound on Rock Point Road when, for an unknown reason, it crossed over the double
yellow center line and struck a 2014 Ford F-150 head-on as it was traveling eastbound on Rock Point Road.
As a result of the collision, both drivers were trapped in their vehicles. The operator of the
Chrysler 300M, Betty Jo Saunders, was pronounced dead on the scene. The operator of the Ford F-150, Joseph Harvey Edelen, was extricated by fire department personnel. He was treated on the scene by paramedics and transported to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at approximately 12:29 p.m. Both Saunders and Edelen will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsy.