State Police: Local Teen Fatality An ‘Unfortunate Accident’

A wreath is pictured at the intersection of Route 113 and Bay Street where Friday's fatality took place. Photo by Shawn Soper
A wreath is pictured at the intersection of Route 113 and Bay Street where Friday's fatality took place. Photo by Shawn Soper

BERLIN — One local teen has died, another remains in the hospital and a third young man has likely had his life changed forever after Friday evening accident on Route 113 involving a Maryland State Police trooper striking two teenagers attempting to cross the highway.

Around 8 p.m. on Friday, a Maryland State Police trooper on routine patrol in an unmarked patrol car was headed north on Route 113 approaching Bay Street when he collided with two local teenage brothers. According to MSP reports, for reasons unknown at this time, the two brothers crossed Route 113 from east to west in the area of Bay Street and ran directly into the path of the approaching MSP patrol car.

The trooper attempted to take evasive action, but was unable to avoid striking both teens. The trooper, identified as Nicholas Hager, 21, a one-year veteran assigned to the MSP Berlin barrack, immediately called for emergency medical services and began to provide emergency care to both teens.

One of the teens, identified as Tymeir D. Dennis, 16, of Maple Court in Berlin, was transported by ambulance to Atlantic General Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Dennis’ teenage brother, identified as Tyheym D. Bowen, no age given, was transported first to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury before being transferred by air to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment. The trooper, Hager, was transported by Maryland State Police personnel to AGH due to injuries sustained during the crash.

According to MSP Public Information Officer Sgt. Marc Black this morning, Hager was treated and released. Black said there was no new information available on the condition of Bowen. Command staff from the MSP Berlin barrack responded to the scene to oversee the ongoing investigation. There has been no determination of the speed of the trooper’s vehicle at this stage in the investigation. The investigation is being conducted by the Maryland State Police Crash Team and is ongoing. Black said a detailed crash reconstruction will take place.

“This is an unfortunate accident,” he said. “A very detailed investigation will take place and the findings will be turned over to the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office for a thorough review, as per Maryland State Police protocol.”

Little is known Saturday morning about the victims other than names and ages. However, it appears Tymeir Dennis was an eleventh grader at Stephen Decatur High School and was named to the honor roll last year as a sophomore. Black said the Worcester County public school system has been advised of the incident so preparations can be made to provide guidance and counseling to students and faculty.

More details will be provided by The Dispatch as they become available.