A 26-year-old Prince George’s police officer died in the early hours of March 7 when he lost control of his police vehicle and crashed into a fence near the corner of Greenbelt and Good Luck Roads in Lanham. According to fellow officers, the young officer was off-duty at the time and was taking his girlfriend home when he saw a motorist driving at a high rate of speed. Police Chief Mark A Magaw said that the officer called in to report the speeding vehicle and told dispatchers, “I have to stop this guy before he kills somebody.”
A woman who was in the cruiser with the officer told officials that she thought he was going to slow down when he lost control of the vehicle and struck the wooden privacy fence. The woman was treated and released for minor injuries. The driver of the other vehicle never stopped.
Prince George’s Police Department officials say the officer’s dashboard mounted camera was broken at the time of the accident. They say, though, that witnesses may have seen a tour bus in the vicinity of the crash.
The deceased officer had been with the Prince George’s Police Department for less than two years.
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