State Police cruiser broadsides car driven by 17-year-old on U.S. 1.


July 01, 1991|By William B. Talbott and Elisha King | William B. Talbott and Elisha King,Evening Sun Staff

A 17-year-old Harford County youth was killed early today when the car he was driving was broadsided by a State Police cruiser in Rising Sun.

Jonathan David Poppa, of the 2100 block of Oaklyn Drive, Fallston, was pronounced dead at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace a short time after the collision.

According to State Police, Trooper Rodney Gene Manuel, 23, of the Northeast Barracks, was driving south on U.S. 1 shortly after tTC midnight when he crested a hill and saw the other vehicle in the southbound lane. The police car had its lights and siren activated. It was not known how fast the trooper was traveling, but he was unable to stop his car before striking the other vehicle.

Police said the trooper was flown to the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore by a State Police helicopter. He was examined there and is expected to be released today.

The trooper was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision, but the victim was not, police said.

Accident reconstructionists will go the scene today, but a preliminary investigation indicated that the youth was probably making a U-turn at the time of the collision, police said.

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