A six-year-old boy is dead as a result of a crash that was likely tied to road rage, the Maryland State Police said.
Police responded to a crash in the southbound lane of the Route 13 bypass north of the Snow Hill Road exit in Wicomico County. Police said three vehicles were heading south on Route 13, well above the posted speed limit of 65 mph, indicative of road rage.
Witnesses told police a white Toyota pick up truck lost control and careened off the road and into the grassy median. The driver, 55-year-old Kenneth Chatmon of Salisbury, over corrected, steering the car back across both lanes of the Route 13 Bypass, eventually turning and colliding with a tree. The truck's passenger door made direct contact the tree, police said.
Both Chatmom and his six-year-old passenger Kaleb Chatmon, also of Salisbury, were taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, where the younger Chatmon was pronounced dead.
Alcohol or drugs may have been a factor in the crash, police said. Police could not find or identify any of the vehicles mentioned prior to the crash.
Anyone with information about the crash or the other vehicles involved can contact the Investigating Trooper W. Shelter at 410-749-3101.