City policeman killed in auto collision

October 14, 1994|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer

An off-duty city police sergeant was killed and an officer was critically injured today in a two-car collision on Pulaski Highway that police said may be alcohol-related.

Sgt. Richard P. Harris, 35, a 13-year veteran, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred about 5:45 a.m. in the 6200 block of Pulaski Highway.

Officer Jesse K. Schmidt, 38, who has been on the force for four years, was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was undergoing surgery today, said Sam Ringgold, a police spokesman.

Both officers were assigned to the Northeastern District. As operations supervisor, Sergeant Harris oversaw officers assigned to the foot patrol and bicycle patrol units. Officer Schmidt worked for him.

Two other occupants of Sergeant Harris' 1994 Ford Mustang were injured. Colleene Sneed, 32, of the 4800 block of Richard Ave., was listed in critical condition at Bayview. Joseph Huff, 22, of the same address, was treated and released from Franklin Square Hospital.

Mr. Ringgold said the Mustang driven by Sergeant Harris and a 1984 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by George E. Young, whose age and address were not immediately available, were traveling east on Pulaski Highway.

The spokesman said the truck somehow hit the left side of the Mustang near the driver's side door. How it happened was still under investigation.

Mr. Ringgold said traffic investigators found two bottles of alcohol in the sergeant's car, but said that investigators "do not know if alcohol played a part in the accident."

Both officers worked the 3 p.m.-to-11 p.m. shift, but Mr. Ringgold said their whereabouts from the time they got off work until the accident was unknown. Sergeant Harris was married with three children; Officer Schmidt is married with two children.

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