Maryland State Police

CHESTERTOWN — Michael Merkel of Kennedyville is a patient at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore, where he is being treated for injuries suffered in a three-vehicle crash Sept. 28. He was listed in critical condition on Oct. 12, a Shock Trauma spokesman said.

Merkel was driving a 1997 Toyota Camry.

Police identified the other drivers as Caitlyn Mackenzie Kridler of Stevensville, operating a 2017 Volkswagen Passat, and Baxter Nickerson of Centreville, operating a 2017 Ford 250 pickup truck.

The crash was just before 8 p.m. in the 6300-block of Church Hill Road near Milano's Pizza.

Police reported that Merkel was stopped in the southbound lane, preparing to make a left-hand turn and yielding to Nickerson in the northbound lane.

Kridler, also traveling southbound, struck the rear of Merkel's car. The impact of the collision pushed Merkel's car sideways and into the path of Nickerson, according to police.

Merkel had to be extricated from his car. He was flown by a Maryland State Police helicopter to Shock Trauma. 

Kridler and Nickerson were transported to area hospitals for treatment of injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, according to police.

TFC Philippi investigated.

Kent County Sheriff

GALENA — Brandon Sandoval Funes, 27, Barclay, on Oct. 9, was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol; driving while impaired by alcohol; and fleeing and eluding.

He was released on personal recognizance.

Funes was identified as the driver of a vehicle that DFC Aquil Freeman attempted to stop for alleged traffic violations at 3:54 a.m. on state Route 213.

The vehicle fled and pursuit by police was canceled due to weather conditions, according to a sheriff's office news release.

A short time later, DFC Freeman caught up with Funes, police reported.




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