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July 20, 2004

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Charges Being Considered After Officer Dies In Collision

Officer Down: Officer Duke Aaron, III - [Baltimore, Maryland]

WBAL-TV - July 21

The Anne Arundel County, Md. state's attorney's office is working with state police to determine what happened in a crash that killed a Maryland Transportation Authority police officer, and what charges the driver of a pickup truck that hit the officer's cruiser should face.

Authorities identified the officer as Officer Duke Aaron III, 29, of Pasadena, Md., a 10-year veteran of the force.

They told WBAL-TV 11 News that the officer died at Shock Trauma shortly after 1 p.m. Aaron was named officer of the year in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

Police told WBAL-TV 11 News that the officer, who had just finished writing a citation, died a pickup truck rear-ended his unmarked cruiser that was parked on the highway's shoulder. The accident occurred after the officer cleared an accident on the westbound side of U.S. Route 50, two miles west of the Cheaspeake Bay Bridge.

Dr. Thomas Scalea, of Shock Trauma, said they were able to resuscitate Aaron before they got him to the operating room. They were able to stabilize the officer before he died of his injuries.

A Medivac helicopter was dispatched to Sandy Point State Park to transport the officer and the pickup truck's driver to Shock Trauma. The pickup truck driver has not been identified and his condition was not reported.

Police said the pickup truck's driver should not have been driving.

"After a preliminary investigation, [we found that the driver] has an extensive driving record in the state of Maryland, and he should not have been on the road today," MdTA police Chief Gary McLhinney said.

Authorities have not yet announced charges against the unidentified driver.

All lanes on westbound Route 50 have since been reopened late in the afternoon, but backups continue through Kent Island. At the time of the incident, all westbound lanes were closed and the far left eastbound lane was also closed.

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