Driver killed in single-vehicle crash near Rock Hall

John Thompson, left, was killed in a single-car crash Friday morning, July 5. Thompson, a fourth-generation barber, is shown here in a photo from 2012 at the College Heights Barber Shop with his father Carroll Thompson and son Drew Thompson.

ROCK HALL — A well-known Kent County businessman was fatally injured in a single-vehicle crash Friday morning.

Maryland State Police reported that John William Thompson, 50, of Rock Hall was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:36 a.m. — 21 minutes after troopers were dispatched to state Route 20 near Ricauds Branch Road.

Thompson was the sole occupant of a Hyundai Accent hatchback, which traveled off the road and struck a tree. The area of impact was the driver’s door, according to an MSP news release.

Thompson was driving westbound on Route 20. For reasons that are unknown, he lost control of the car, which traveled across the eastbound lane and off the road on the eastbound shoulder, according to the preliminary investigation.

The crash scene is less than a mile from Thompson’s home on Route 20.

Police reported that the road was wet due to heavy rainfall.

Thompson was wearing a seat belt, according to police.

He owned JJ’s Deli and Liquors and represented the fourth of five generations in the family-owned College Heights Barber Shop. The businesses are located side by side in the 500-block of Washington Avenue in Chestertown.

A Celebration of Life will be held on at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 14 in the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, 130 Speer Road, Chestertown, where the family will receive friends after 10 a.m.

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