The 27-year-old driver of a 2007 Corvette coupe lost his life early Thursday morning in Calvert County, Maryland, with high speed and possible alcohol playing a role in the crash, according to law enforcement officials.
The only thing still recognizable as a Corvette was the rear-third of the car behind the seats. Everything else was badly damaged by the impact when the Corvette, apparently traveling at an extremely high rate of speed, according to reports, struck the right rear tandem axle of a 2001 Mack Waste Management trash truck about 1:29 a.m. on Aug. 4.
The truck was making a left turn onto German Chapel Road from Maryland Route 4 when it was hit by the Corvette, with the impact being so violent that the truck turned over onto its side.
Justin Allen Ruth of Lusby, Maryland was pronounced dead at the scene from major trauma, while the trash truck driver – 57-year-old Dennis Sierra of Naples, Maryland – was carried to Calvert Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team is investigating the crash, and early indications are that speed and possible alcohol impairment may have contributed to the crash. They are asking any witnesses to contact Sgt. V. Bortchevsky of CRT at 410-535-2800, extension 2540 or by e-mail: [email protected].
Since a commercial motor vehicle was involved in the crash, heavy recovery efforts took most of the night to remove the Mack truck from the road. Waste Management officials came to the scene and cooperated with CRT investigators.
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