A Maryland State trooper was responding to a call when his patrol car struck and killed a woman in Stevensville. The motor vehicle accident in Queen Anne’s County happened near a shopping center where the woman was waiting with a friend.
Accident reports do not detail whether the trooper was speeding at the time of the pedestrian fatality. Preliminary reports say the patrol car’s flashing lights and siren were not in use at the time of the accident.
State police say that a 24-year-old trooper was on duty on a Friday night around 9 p.m., responding to the report of a burglary. The six-year state police veteran had driven onto Shopping Center Drive from Route 50.
The pedestrian, a 29-year-old Delaware woman, was reportedly standing in a lane of travel when she was hit by the patrol car. She died at the scene of the car accident.
A 20-year-old male witness to the fatality told authorities that he had been with the accident victim shortly before her death. The two had been waiting for a ride and were sitting on a wall near the road. The woman borrowed hers friend’s cellphone and moved away from the wall before she was hit by the patrol car.
The state police trooper and a passenger in the patrol car both sustained minor injuries in the crash.
State police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the deadly pedestrian accident. The information they find will be submitted to the Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney for review.