Man charged in crash that cost officer a leg

CRIME WATCH

December 20, 2005|By SANDY ALEXANDER

Howard County police have charged a Glen Burnie man with several traffic violations in connection with a Thanksgiving Eve accident in which an auxiliary police officer was struck by a vehicle and later lost part of his leg.

Johnny Price, 35, of the 400 block of Maple Lane was charged Friday with speeding, failure to control speed to avoid a collision, negligent driving and failure to reduce speed in dangerous highway conditions, police said.

Pieter Lucas, a senior criminal justice major at the University of Maryland, was volunteering as an auxiliary officer Nov. 23. He was in the center of westbound U.S. 40 in Ellicott City, directing traffic around a collision, when he was struck.

Investigators said Price was reaching for his cell phone, which had fallen to the floor of his 1997 Chevrolet Blazer, when he struck 21-year-old Lucas, pinning him between the Blazer and a police car. Lucas' leg was amputated above the knee.

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