Police car kills bicyclist, 17

October 12, 2005|BY A SUN REPORTER

A teenager was fatally struck by a police car while riding his bike Monday night on the Peninsula Expressway in Dundalk, county police said yesterday.

Daniel J. Haney, 17, of the 1900 block of Quentin Road in Dundalk was riding his bicycle in the fast lane of the expressway about 11 p.m. Monday when he was struck, police said. Haney rode his bike onto the roadway and the officer, who was headed southbound on a call, didn't have enough time to react to avoid the collision, said police spokeswoman Vickie Warehime.

The teenager died a short time later at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

The police car's emergency lights and siren were not on when the boy was struck, Warehime said. The spokeswoman could not say how fast the officer was driving, adding that the incident remained under investigation. A preliminary investigation showed the cause of the incident to be bicyclist error, police said.

The boy's father, Dan Henderson, said that, after having talked to the police and to friends of his son's who said they saw the incident, "none of these stories are making sense." But he added, "It doesn't matter what really happened, it's not going to bring my son back."

County police identified the officer driving the police car as K. P. Nacke, a 17-year veteran of the department assigned to the North Point precinct.

Police said the officer remains on full duty.

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