Driver Fined in QACHS Teacher Death

A Seaford, Delaware man was found guilty last week of two traffic counts in a November crash that resulted in the death of a longtime Queen Anne’s County math teacher. Nancy Quimby, 61, who taught math for 32 years at the Queen Anne’s County High School, died about a week after the November 11 collision. Samuel Wallace of Seaford was driving a FedEx van when it collided with Quimby’s Toyota at Grange Hall and Poplar School roads. Quimby and Wallace were both flown by state police medevac to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore following the crash. Wallace was treated and released, while Quimby remained in critical condition until she died November 17 as a result of her injuries.

Corporal Sean Hampton of the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Unit performed reconstruction after the accident. Hampton concluded that Wallace was traveling at a minimum speed of 52 mph in a 40 mph zone. Wallace received traffic citations for operating a vehicle at a greater than reasonable speed, operating a vehicle without wearing a seatbelt and failing to control speed to avoid a collision.

Queen Anne’s County District Court Judge John T. Clark found Wallace guilty last week of the first two charges and not guilty of the last because Wallace tried to stop the van before it struck Quimby’s car. Evidence at the scene showed the driver hit the brakes and the tires skidded on the pavement prior to impact. Wallace received fines for the two traffic citations.

Police said Quimby’s 2002 Toyota Camry was partially through the intersection when it was struck in the driver’s side door by the van. Wallace was en route to an address in Centreville to drop off his last package of the day. Quimby had two daughters, Bevin Saul and Jackie Wilhelm; two stepchildren, Jonathan Quimby and Julie Hanes; a brother, James Sorrell; seven grandchildren and a grandmother. Her husband, Walter Quimby, died in 2007.