Comptroller's Office staffer is killed in head-on crash near Chestertown


CHESTERTOWN — A compliance inspector with the field enforcement division of the Maryland state Comptroller’s Office was killed in a head-on collision Thursday afternoon.

In a Facebook post, Comptroller Peter Franchot identified the staff member as Patrick C. Grogan.

Grogan, 51, of Denton was declared dead at the scene of the two-vehicle crash on state Route 213, according to Maryland State Police.

The other driver was identified as Rickey McAllister, 63.

McAllister was airlifted by a state police helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. He has been discharged, a hospital spokesman said Monday, Aug. 3.

The crash was at 2:15 p.m. July 30 in the area of the Kent County Gun Club — between state routes 297 and 561.

Grogan was operating a 2019 Dodge Ram pickup truck and McAllister was operating a 2015 Dodge Ram pickup truck.

According to the preliminary investigation, Grogan was struck by McAllister, police reported.

Grogan is the sixth fatality on Kent roads in 2020, and the fourth since June 17.

According to his obituary, Grogan was a graduate of St. Michaels High School and Salisbury University. He continued to support the sports boosters as the “assistant groundskeeper” for the baseball and soccer fields at alma mater St. Michaels, where his son Matt, now 20, starred in both sports.

After volunteering with local fire departments as a teenager, Grogan became a professional firefighter. He was a graduate of the Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy. He joined the Annapolis Fire Department in 1996, serving as a paramedic, EMT and firefighter. He retired as a lieutenant in 2017, according to his obituary.

The following year, he was hired as a compliance inspector with the state Comptroller’s Office.

In the Facebook post, Comptroller Franchot described Grogan as “an effective and honorable public servant.”

The investigation into last week’s crash is ongoing, led by Sgt. Charles Gore of the state police’s Crash Team.

TFC Nathan Philippi was the primary trooper for the MSP. Also responding to the scene were Sgt. Sean Maloney and DFC Jordan Proudfoot of the Kent County Sheriff’s Office and Chief John Dolgos and Cpl. James Walker of the Chestertown Police Department.

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