OCEAN CITY, Md. - A pedestrian was fatally struck by a Maryland State Police Trooper late Friday night when he allegedly darted across Coastal Highway, entering directly into the path of the oncoming trooper's patrol car.
Police say they have not yet identified the victim. He was transported by ambulance to Atlantic General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The man did not have any identification with him at the time.
The trooper involved is Master Trooper James Price. Price was uninjured in the incident and is a 17-year veteran of the Maryland State Police. Price was on duty, assisting the Ocean City Police Department with road patrol during the Endless Summer Cruisin’ event.
The preliminary investigation indicates that just before 11:30 p.m. Friday night, Master Trooper Price was on routine patrol while traveling northbound on Coastal Highway at 76th Street. For reasons currently unknown, a pedestrian allegedly ran into the street into oncoming traffic, directly into the path of the approaching patrol car, police say.
Master Trooper Price tried to swerve out of the way, but was unable to avoid striking the pedestrian. He immediately called for emergency medical services.
The trooper has been placed on administrative leave, which is routine whenever a trooper is involved in a departmental incident.
The Maryland State Police CRASH Team is on scene conducting the investigation. Once complete, the investigation will be presented to the State’s Attorney’s Office for review.
Investigators are still collecting evidence and seeking anyone who may have witnessed the incident. Witnesses are urged to call the Berlin Barrack at 410-641-3101.
We will update our website as we learn more.
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