Thursday, July 24, 2008
*Worcester County* –The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) has charged a Rockville man in the Sunday morning, July 6, boating accident that occurred in Assawoman Bay at the Route 90 Bridge in Ocean City.
After consultation with the office of Worcester County State’s Attorney Joel J. Todd, NRP charged Scott Howard Shepard, 32, of Rockville with operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol, operating a vessel while impaired by alcohol, operating a vessel while impaired by drugs, and/or combination of drugs and alcohol, operating a vessel in a reckless or dangerous manner, negligent operation of a vessel, failure to maintain a proper lookout, and operating a vessel at unsafe speed for conditions. Shepard was released on his signature. A court date of Sept. 26 has been scheduled for Shepard in Worcester County District Court.
Shepard was operating a 2007 21-foot fiberglass ski boat at 1 a.m. when he struck a bridge abutment on the Route 90 Bridge. NRP along with the Ocean City Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to the scene in heavy fog conditions. Several Ocean City fire fighters, who responded to the scene in their personal boats, rescued all ten occupants from the water.
The following passengers were transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center; Brenden Shepard, 26, of Rockville remains hospitalized, Danielle A. Vollmar, 23, of Lansdale, Pa. was treated and released.
The following passengers were transported to Atlantic General Hospital and were treated and released; Kendel L. Droppa, 25, of Reisterstown, Holly L. Rudigier, 27, of Columbia, Jason R. Baumann, 31, of Silver Spring, Todd Newell, 26, of Rockville and Glenn Shepard, 38, of Deland, Fla.
The remaining occupants, Melissa Shepard, 27, of Deland, Fla., Blake Newell, 27, of Silver Spring and Scott Shepard were treated at the scene.
The Route 90 Bridge was closed to vehicle traffic until Maryland State Highway inspectors determined the bridge to be safe for travel. The Ocean City Fire Department, Ocean Pines Police Department, Worcester County Sheriff's Office, Maryland State Police, Maryland State Highway Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard assisted NRP with the incident.
Danielle was injured seriously enough that she has not been able to be on WBOC as a Meteorologist, in case you hadn't noticed. Many months ago I shower THIS ARTICLE showing Heather Zara from WBOC being arrested for a DUI by the Maryland State Police. Guess who the passenger was that had to take a Taxi home because she was too intoxicated to drive Heather's car home? You guessed it, Danielle Vollmar. Apparently the WBOG Staff is still playing hard and they haven't learned their drinking and driving habits will catch up with them.
We wish Danielle a quick recovery and very honestly Danielle, I can only hope you'll learn from yet another horrible experience and learn partying is NOT good for your health or future.