Boozing Pedestrian Richard Lee Summers Took Final Stroll on Rt. 235 in the Dark



Boozing Pedestrian Richard Lee Summers Took Final Stroll on Highway in the Dark

ST. JAMES, MD. – After decades of risking the lives of others in multiple incidents of DWI arrests and convictions as well as a few more such arrests that were dropped by St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz, a St. Mary’s County man has taken his last walk on the wild side.

According to St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron, a pedestrian walking on Rt. 235 in the dark while covered with a blanket found a great way to get a free ticket to the hereafter.

Richard Lee Summers, 50, of Lexington Park, Md., was struck and killed as he walked in the northbound lane of the 50-mph highway and was hit by a motorist who believed she may have struck a deer and called 911 when she arrived home.

St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron reports that on August 13, 2018, at approximately 9:24 P.M. law enforcement and emergency medical personnel responded to the 18000 block of Three Notch Road, (Rt. 235) in the area of Bay Forest Road in St. James, for the report of a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian.  Upon arrival of the deputies, they discovered the pedestrian was deceased.

Summers was struck by a 1998 Pontiac Trans Sport Minivan operated by Michelle Miles, age 32 of Lexington Park.  Miles continued to her residence after striking Summers, believing she had struck a deer.  Miles determined it was possible a pedestrian had been struck, and 911 was contacted to report the collision.  Police say that Miles did not report any injuries from the collision.


Lexington Park COPS unit at work with pedestrian found in the roadway on Rt. 246 near a liquor store. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron and deputies moving pedestrians from Great Mills Road in Lexington Park near Canopy Liquors. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo.

Police say that alcohol and Summers being illegally in the roadway, appear to be contributing factors in the collision.

  • Summers was arrested for walking illegally in the roadway by St. Mary’s Deputy Handy on April 23, 2015, as he took a stroll on Rt. 235 near the intersection of Rt. 5 in Mechanicsville.
  • Summers entered a guilty plea to DWI on Feb. 3, 2010, and was jailed for 30 months in Calvert County District Court. All the jail time was suspended.
  • Summers was sentenced to 90 days in jail for carrying a concealed deadly weapon in St. Mary’s District Court on Nov. 17, 2009.
  • Summers entered a guilty plea to DWI and driving on a suspended license on March 22, 2004, and in a plea deal with St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz was given one year in jail.
  • Summers was issued a protective order in a domestic violence case on March 26, 2002, in St. Mary’s District Court.
  • Summers was charged with DWI in Prince Georges County, Md., and was given Probation Before Judgement on Aug. 8, 1991.


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