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Car accidents: Off-duty officer killed protecting crash victim

In recent years, the reputation of law enforcement has suffered throughout the United States. Despite the negative media, most law enforcement officers are considered heroes for risking their lives every day to protect and serve their communities. One Maryland off-duty officer recently displayed heroism when he stopped to assist a crash victim. Unfortunately, it was the first of three car accidents, and he was sadly killed in the process. 

The 33-year-old officer stopped to assist an FBI Supervisory Special Agent who had crashed his vehicle. The officer used his own vehicle to attempt to protect the agent's car and to alert other vehicles of the crash. The men were apparently concerned for their safety and moved to the shoulder of the interstate. 

Despite the officers' attempts to protect themselves, the approaching car unexpectedly swerved to avoid other vehicles and hit both law enforcement officers. The impact flung both officers into the northbound traffic, and it is believed that one of the officers was hit by a second vehicle. The officer died at the scene of the accident, and the FBI agent died at a hospital despite life-saving measures. At this time, driver impairment is not suspected in the accident, but the investigation is still pending.

Some car accidents are complex and complicated as this one making it unclear to victims' families if negligent actions of other drivers factored in similar tragedies. When family members are in the midst of grief, it can be difficult to understand how and where to turn in order to process the accident. In similar complex collisions, Maryland attorneys can assist families in processing the collected evidence and determining if there are negligent parties that can be held financially responsible in a court of law.

Source:, "2 off-duty law enforcement officers killed in I-270 crash", Dec. 9, 2017

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