A hospitalized St. Mary’s County man died from injuries sustained one week earlier as a result of a fatal single-vehicle crash on Route 6 near the town of La Plata, MD. Adrian Paul Proffer, a resident of Hollywood, Maryland, was the second person to die from the September 8 crash — a third person survived the wreck, but not without receiving life-threatening injuries herself.
Although police believe speed was a contributing factor, because this was a single-car accident defective equipment is also a possibility. As Maryland automobile accident lawyers our office handles personal injury cases caused by poorly designed or improperly maintained vehicle equipment.
This is a tremendous tragedy for all of the families involved. According to news reports, Proffer was scheduled to babysit his niece that morning and was late returning home from a night out. His aunt, Dottie Proffer, believes the driver was rushing him home for that reason when the deadly accident occurred.
According to Maryland State Police, the driver of the silver 1999 Ford Mustang in which Proffer was riding apparently lost control of the vehicle on a wet section of Route 6 road. The car left the roadway and struck a guardrail, after which it crossed both lanes of traffic and went off the road into a nearby wooded area.
The 26-year-old Proffer was the front-seat passenger when the car hit a tree and finally came to rest at about 8am. The driver, Jeffrey Daniel Milan, 25, of Hollywood, died that day, while the rear-seat passenger, 24-year-old Kristina Ann Himes also of Hollywood was taken to Prince George’s Hospital Center with life-threatening injuries.
Emergency responders placed Proffer on a medivac helicopter, which flew him to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he later died. Reports indicate that Proffer suffered a severe head injury during the accident.
Passenger dies of crash injuries; St. Mary’s man is second to perish, SoMdNews.com, September 16, 2009