Officer whose car fatally struck pedestrian is placed on leave

November 11, 1997

The Anne Arundel County police officer who struck a pedestrian with his cruiser while on his way to a barricade situation Sunday evening has been placed on administrative leave while traffic safety officers investigate the accident.

Officer Brian Fleig, a five-year veteran of the force, was using the lights and sirens on his 1997 Ford Crown Victoria as he drove north on Edwin Raynor Boulevard near Marble Arch Drive in Pasadena shortly before 5: 30 p.m., police said.

Investigators say Fleig "was unable to keep from striking" Pasadena resident Jeffery Adam Clark, 32, when Clark reportedly stepped in front of the car.

Clark, of the 8000 block of Abbey Court, suffered head injuries when he was struck by the cruiser and was pronounced dead at 9 p.m. at North Arundel Hospital. Police said they were awaiting a toxicology report on the victim.

Fleig was treated for shoulder injuries at the same hospital and released Sunday.

Like all police officers, Fleig was trained in operating a police vehicle during an emergency, according to Officer Carol Frye, a police spokeswoman.

She said she didn't know how many county officers had been involved in accidents involving police vehicles.

Pub Date: 11/11/97

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