Maryland Man Struck and Killed by Off-Duty Trooper

By Peter DePaolis

Last month in Hollywood, Maryland, an off-duty state trooper and his sport-utility vehicle struck and killed an 88-year-old man alongside a Maryland road. The pedestrian was walking in the southbound land of Mervell Dean Road while pushing a lawnmower. He died at the scene.

The Maryland State trooper is a 15-year veteran currently in the automotive safety enforcement division. The police report indicates he took evasive action to avoid the elderly man, who was directly in front of the trooper’s Jeep Laredo. Making matters worse, the victim was wearing a dark camouflage jacket and black pants. The accident occurred around 7 p.m.

A witness indicated she saw the victim earlier that evening at a nearby intersection. From her home, she heard the accident happen. She went outside and heard the off-duty trooper tell another witness that the elderly man was in the middle of the road, and that he could not see him.

A police spokesperson said that neither alcohol nor speed was a factor in the fatal accident. The victim and his lawnmower were common sights around town. He used it as a cart on his daily walks, and residents were unsure if the lawnmower had an engine.

If you or someone you know suffers injury in a car-pedestrian accident, a Maryland personal injury lawyer can help. Contact Justin M. Beall, a Maryland personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis.

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.