February 26, 2024
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Famed Local Bassist Joe Byrd Dies In Edgewater Crash

We have learned that renowned jazz bassist Joe Byrd, of Edgewater was killed in yesterday’s crash that snarled traffic in the area. Byrd was the younger brother of the late guitar great Charlie Byrd and was know for his smooth, sophisticated American jazz sound played on his bass. He was a favorite at the defunct King of France Tavern and more recently played at the Jazz at the Power House series at the Loews Annapolis Hotel.

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. Byrd has played for three presidents at the White House.

The following details of the crash were provided by the Anne Arundel County Police Department:

On March 6, 2012, at approximately 2:53 p.m., officers from the Southern District responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision at Solomons Island Road near Lee Airpark Drive in Edgewater. Officers arrived on scene and located a 2003 Volvo SW in the roadway with extensive damage to the driver’s side and a 2003 GMC Yukon next to it with heavy front end damage. The driver of the Volvo was suffering from life threatening injuries and was transported by Fire Department Personnel to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he later died. The driver of the Yukon was not injured and remained at the scene. Crash Investigators from the Traffic Safety Section were dispatched to the crash scene and assumed responsibility for the investigation.

The initial investigation revealed that the Volvo entered the intersection, making a left turn, from Lee Airpark Drive on a green signal. The Yukon was traveling south on Solomons Island Road when it proceeded through a red traffic signal and struck the Volvo in the area of the driver’s door. Both vehicles came to rest in the intersection.

Preliminary investigation reveals driver error to be a possible contributing factor in the crash. There is no initial evidence that excessive speed or alcohol were factors in this crash, however, the investigation is ongoing.



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