A Montgomery Village, Maryland, man is dead following a police chase and crash which ended on Route 40 in Perryville this morning, November 7.
According to Maryland State Police, Prem P. Suppogu, 41, of Montgomery Village, was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:17 a.m.
Around 2 a.m., two Elkton police officers attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding along Route 40. The chase began in Elkton and ended at the crash scene in the area of Jackson Station Road. Both the Honda Civic, driven by Suppogu, and a Freightliner tractor trailer, which was driven by John H. Grant, 66, of Wayne, Pa., were traveling westbound on Route 40.
The Honda was being pursued by police. The tractor trailer slowed down due to police vehicles in the area when it struck the tractor trailer at what police determined was "an extremely high rate of speed."
The factors in the crash have been determined as traveling too fast for conditions, speeding, erratic and reckless driving, failure to obey traffic control devices, and failure to obey police.
A second crash, involving a Maryland State Police cruiser, remains under investigation. Jim Russell, assistant barracks commander at the North East barracks said that the car, unit F-7, was parked at the scene of the crash in the travel portion of Route 40 with emergency lights operating. TFC Nick Buchanan was assisting with the crash investigation. His state-assigned car was hit. He was not inside the vehicle at that time.
Route 40 was closed for an extended time following the crash.