Harford Co. deputy, 53, seriously injured in crash

He loses control of car, rolls over after hitting patch of frost on Route 543

Maryland News

February 07, 2005|By Jessica Bylander | Jessica Bylander,Baltimoresun.com Staff

A 53-year-old Harford County sheriff's deputy was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in serious condition after a car crash this morning on state Route 543, one mile north of Route 440, authorities said.

About 7:15 a.m., Deputy Edward Kimpel, a five-year veteran of the force, was responding to a reported suicide-in-progress on Wilson Road in the town of Street when he lost control of his cruiser on a frost-covered patch of road between Route 440 and Prospect Road, the county sheriff's office said.

According to Lt. Edward Hopkins, spokesman for the office, Kimpel was traveling south on Route 543, a two-lane road with a small shoulder, with his lights and siren on. Witnesses told investigators he drove into the northbound lane to pass two cars, swerved back into the southbound lane to avoid an approaching car, slid on some frost and off the shoulder.

The car hit a dirt embankment and rolled over twice before coming to rest in a field.

Authorities said the driver of the oncoming car did not see the accident. After witnesses called 911, the deputy was treated at the scene by fellow officers and members of the Darlington Volunteer Fire Company and then taken by a Maryland State Police helicopter to Shock Trauma.

Kimpel was in serious condition, suffering from injuries consistent with a rollover, though they do not appear to be life-threatening, Hopkins said.

A section of Route 543 was shut down for about four hours while an investigation by crash reconstructionists was completed.

Originally published February 7, 2005, 2:04 PM EST

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