Driver Crashes Into Traffic Stop, Seriously Injures Prince George’s County Officer

By Peter DePaolis

According to CBS DC, an out-of-control, reckless driver crashed into three police cruisers, seriously injuring a 26-year-old police officer during a traffic stop in Prince George’s County. Authorities reported that the five-vehicle collision took place on Pennsylvania Avenue near Walters Lane in Forestville, Maryland.

Three police officers were outside their cruisers around 9 a.m. on May 22 during a routine traffic stop on the side of northbound Pennsylvania Avenue when a minivan came barreling at them. The officers attempted to jump out of the way, but one officer was hit and became lodged underneath the minivan.

“This minivan is coming at them and they had nowhere to hide,” stated police spokesperson Julie Parker. “It’s just fortunate that two of them went one way, and the officer who was hit went the other way.”

Officers and first responders with the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department lifted the minivan off the 26-year-old injured officer.

The seriously-injured officer and the driver of the minivan were taken to Prince George’s Hospital Center for their injuries.

Police do not know what caused the driver to crash into the three cruisers and a pulled-over sedan. No charges have been filed yet in the accident.

If a Driver’s Dangerous Actions Caused Your Accident, We Can Help

Reckless driving like this can create the most dangerous scenarios for anyone on the road. A negligent driver can injure multiple people, and their unpredictable movements can make it difficult to stay out of harm’s way.

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One driver’s gross disregard for the safety of others cannot be tolerated. If you have been injured by a reckless or careless driver, focus on recovering, seek medical attention and then call an experienced attorney at our firm so we can get you the most compensation for your injuries.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.