City policeman hits pedestrian on sidewalk with patrol car

July 19, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Baltimore police officer lost control of his patrol car yesterday and struck a pedestrian on a Reisterstown Road sidewalk near the Baltimore County border.

Both were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where the officer was treated for a cut on his forehead and the man - whose name was not divulged - was in serious condition with internal injuries, police said.

The officer, whose name also was withheld, was driving south in the 6100 block of Reisterstown Road in response to an armed robbery call about 2:40 p.m., police said. The officer had his emergency lights flashing and siren on, but had to swerve to avoid a car that was slow to pull to the side of the road, witnesses said.

The officer lost control of his car, crossed the northbound lane and hit the man on the sidewalk, witnesses said.

The pedestrian was thrown more than 20 feet by the impact, they said, and the car smashed through a chain link fence before coming to rest in a parking lot.

The pedestrian "was just minding his business and then he was up in the air, just flipping like a toy," said Eddie Taylor, who told of seeing the accident from a parking lot across the street.

Taylor said the pedestrian tried to get up before falling back to the ground.

Police were investigating the accident last night. "Right now, we don't know who's at fault," said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.

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