WALDORF, Md. (WUSA) - The Charles County Sheriff's Office recently closed two fatal traffic collisions with arrests.
On March 31,Jacqline Vivian Kierra Mack, 21, of Waldorf, was arrested in connection with a fatal pedestrian collision in November 2011. After investigation by the CCSO Traffic Operations Unit, the case was presented to a Charles County Grand Jury which returned an indictment charging Mack with vehicular manslaughter.
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The collision occurred on November 11, 2011. Mack was driving east on Holly Tree Lane in Waldorf when she lost control of her car, jumped the curb and struck Andre Nelson Shorts, 31, of Clinton, who was walking in a grassy area about 10 feet off the roadway. Mack stayed on the scene and Shorts was transported to a hospital where he later died. Speed, alcohol, and failure to pay attention were contributing factors in this case.
On March 28, a woman was arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run collision ivolving a bicyclist.
Rachel Anna Buckler, 21, of Pomfret, was arrested for a collision that took place in September 2011. After an investigation by the CCSO Traffic Operations Unit, the case went to a Charles County Grand Jury which returned an indictment charging Buckler with leaving the scene of an accident involving death.
The crash occurred during the overnight hours of Sept. 1 - Sept. 2 on Chapel Point Road near Taurus Lane in Port Tobacco. A passerby found the victim, Thomas Mark Roepcke, 47, of Port Tobacco, unconscious on the side of the road and called police. It was clear he had been struck by a car and the striking vehicle had fled the scene. Mr. Roepcke was transported to a hospital where he later died.
A description of the striking vehicle was released and Buckler turned herself in to police about one week later. Over the next several months, investigators followed leads, conducted search warrants, and recovered forensic evidence - including bicycle parts from Buckler's car linking Buckler to the collision.