On November 27, 2012 at approximately 1235 hours, officers were dispatched to Herald Harbor Road and Prescott Road, Crownsville, for a report of a single-vehicle traffic accident. Responding officers found a 2003 Toyota RAV-4 had struck a tree. Anne Arundel County Fire Department paramedics determined the driver, Jennifer Nichole Tedore, 22, of Crownsville, was deceased at the scene. As a result, investigators from the Traffic Safety Section responded to assume responsibility for the investigation.
Prior to the accident, a witness saw the Toyota traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on Herald Harbor Road just south of Old Herald Harbor Road. The witness said vehicle began to slide sideways as it approached a curve prior to Prescott Road. The Toyota crossed the double yellow lines, departed the roadway and went down a hill. The Toyota rolled over when it went off the roadway and the vehicle’s roof struck a tree approximately forty feet from the roadway’s edge. There was light rain at the time of the crash and the roadway was wet. The investigation is continuing, but preliminary indications suggest excessive speed and wet road conditions are factors in this crash.