Harford deputy responding to emergency call is hurt in crash

February 08, 2005|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Harford County sheriff's car responding to an emergency call swerved to avoid a head-on collision and rolled two times onto a field early yesterday, seriously injuring a deputy sheriff.

Deputy 1st Class Edward Kimpel, 53, was flown by helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was in serious condition.

Kimpel was driving south about 7 a.m. on Route 543 with his lights and siren on when he moved to the opposite lane to avoid cars that had pulled over. But a car heading toward Kimpel apparently did not see the deputy, who swerved on a patch of ice and lost control of his car near Prospect Road, Edward Hopkins, a sheriff's spokesman, said.

Kimpel was responding to a call about a man who had fatally shot himself in his Street home.

The stretch of Route 543 between Route 440 and Prospect Road was closed for about four hours while police investigated the crash.

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