State police cruiser comes off ramp, wrecks

November 27, 1996|By Jill Hudson | Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF

A Maryland State Police vehicle was totaled yesterday when the driver left an Interstate 95 exit ramp too quickly, skidded across four lanes of traffic and struck a cement wall on eastbound Route 175, state police said.

Derik Quinn Weddington, a Motor Vehicles Division mechanic who was driving a state police cruiser, took the ramp from I-95 South to Route 175 East at 8: 42 a.m., said Cpl. Sandra Skinner, a state trooper at the accident scene.

Weddington came off the wet ramp too quickly and skidded across four lanes of traffic, hitting a median wall, Skinner said.

He was taken to Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, where he was treated for head, neck and back injuries and released.

Although "he was going way too fast for the weather conditions," Skinner said, Weddington was not issued a citation and is not likely to be charged.

A regular citizen driving a regular vehicle "probably would have been issued a citation," Skinner said.

However, Mike McKelvin, a spokesman for state police, said motorists involved in single vehicle accidents that cause no injuries to other people are "not likely to face charges traffic-wise."

Weddington will have to face a state police review board that will determine if he should pay for the damages to the state-owned vehicle, Skinner said. McKelvin said that state insurance would absorb the cost of the 1993 Crown Victoria if Weddington is found to have been acting in the normal course of duty.

Pub Date: 11/27/96

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