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Family Remembers Teen Lost In Berlin Collision

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BERLIN, Md. - "He was energetic, basketball player, loved music," said Janice Leonard, Tymeir Dennis' aunt. By all accounts, he was a normal fun-loving teen.

But everything changed Friday night.
 
He and his older brother were trying to cross Route 113, when an unmarked Maryland State Police car hit them both. Dennis died at Atlantic General Hospital, while one of older brother Tyheym Bowen's legs was amputated. He's recovering at Maryland Shock Trauma.

An MSP investigation is underway and officials say they're looking at everything, from surveillance video, to witness statements and crash reconstruction.

And this fatal collision raises questions about the general safety of that roadway: there are no crosswalks on Route 113 for pedestrians. There are two overhead lights at the intersection of Bay Street, but a few yards beyond that - where the accident occurred - there's nothing.

The trooper involved is now at home recovering from injuries reportedly sustained in the crash. Although MSP calls this incident a "tragic accident," family members aren't convinced.

"He was too young," Leonard said. "He had no business behind that wheel."

Nicholas Hager joined the state police in February at 21 years-old. Reports from his hometown paper say he's from Frostburg, and the son of a retired Maryland State Trooper.

"They're supposed to be here to protect and serve, so who can we trust now," she asked.

It's one of many questions the family has as they try make sense of it all, and to find peace.

"He did not deserve it. He did not."

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