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Tony C. McDonald (PHOTO: Hanover County Sheriff’s Office)

Tony C. McDonald (PHOTO: Hanover County Sheriff’s Office)

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – A Maryland man has been charged following a deadly crash on Interstate 295 in Hanover.

Tony C. McDonald, 47, of Fort Meade, Md., was charged with one felony count of involuntary manslaughter and two felony counts of Child Endangerment in connection to the Sept. 27 crash.

Police said McDonald’s Toyota Camry slammed into a AAA service truck and Toyota Highlander that had stopped along the side of I-295 last month due to a flat tire.

The impact sent the service truck into the driver of the Highlander. Bobby G. Hadaway, 76, of Leland, N.C., died on scene.

1 Comment

  • Pd Fletcher

    In the interview with AAA and Martha Meade, she stated they ask stranded motorists to get of the highway if they possibly can. My question would be if that be the case, why did AAA send a service truck rather than a tow truck that prolongs the time on the highway and increases the risk for such as this? What training is provided by AAA to ensure members are not left in areas this could happen. If when the initial call was taken by AAA, if the members were instructed to stay in their vehicle and the responding service would come to their window when they arrived would this man that died still be alive? The car would have still struck the truck but would them member have been outside of his vehicle as his wife was as well? What is the training provided by AAA to its employees and contractors in relation to this. My attempt is to bring serious safety concerns to light that could prevent this from happening again. If you do a little checking on google, and with knowing injuries and deaths have happened prior to this with AAA services, what procedures have they put in place to prevent this and people being injured or killed unnecessarily? When calling a professional service, shouldn’t they direct you in a path of safety? or do they just let you walk all around your vehicle? Is this not why they get called, to handle it? When a motorist breaks down, they are not the professional and so many things are going thru their head they do not always think about what should be going on, it is the responsibility of the professional service to do that. If they were told to stay in their vehicle, would this lady have her husband here today and not have witnessed him being killed? I believe AAA shares the blame. There is more to this as I have knowledge of a incident where a AAA service allowed a member to be behind their vehicle while being loaded and he was injured and they did not put any procedures in place to prevent this from happening again? What kind of organization is this if you know what happens and did nothing to prevent it from happening again? Like the AAA member in Pennsylvania that lost her life, so its happened twice before and they have done nothing to prevent it from happening again? I would not call them for my family.

    My prayers and thoughts go out to all involved, the accident may have still happened but the death was reckless behavior on the part of AAA not providing proper training and procedures in my opinion.

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