UPDATED: Wrong-way Driver Charged in Deadly Wicomico County Crash


UPDATED – 06/10/24 – A Seaford man has been charged after a crash on May 19th on Route 13 in Wicomico County. Maryland State Police have charged 59 year old Jay Richard Bynum after he allegedly drove north in the southbound lane and collided heard on with a Subaru – killing 21 year old Dean Dennison, 20 year old Sierra Merchant and 1 year old Grayson Dennison – all from New York. Bynum was also injured and treated for injuries at Shock Trauma in Baltimore. Bynum is charged with the following:

  • Negligent manslaughter by auto (3x)
  • Criminal negligent manslaughter by vehicle (3x)
  • Negligent auto homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence (3x)
  • Homicide by motor vehicle while impaired (3x)
  • Driving under the influence
  • Driving while intoxicated

Bynum is being held without bond.


UPDATED – Maryland State Police report that the 1 year old infant has also died from injuries in the crash.


ORIGINAL STORY – 06/19/24 – A crash just before 3am Sunday on Route 13 south of St Luke’s Road in Wicomico County left two people dead and two injured. Maryland State Police say a Durango driven by 59 year old Jay Bynum of Seaford was northbound in the southbound lanes when he crashed into a Subaru. The driver of the Subaru, 21 year old Dean Dennison and a passenger, 20 year old Sierra Merchant, both of New York, were declared dead at the scene.

A 1 year old boy in the Subaru was transported to Tidal Health Peninsula Regional Hospital. Bynum was flown to Shock Trauma in Baltimore.

The investigation is continuing – charges are pending.