Officer dies 8 months after accident

Motorcycle escort was struck by van during Paterakis funeral procession in city

September 03, 2006|By Bradley Olson | Bradley Olson,sun reporter

A Maryland Transportation Authority Police motorcycle officer died late Friday during surgery for injuries received more than eight months ago when he was struck by a van while escorting a funeral procession.

Officer Robert T. Krauss, 39, died at 11 p.m. Friday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after one of several surgeries he had undergone since the Dec. 21 accident in Baltimore.

"We were not expecting this at all," said Cpl. Pamela Thorne, spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police. "He walked into the surgery. We all thought he was OK. This has been totally traumatic for the whole family and the whole department."

The driver of the van that struck Krauss pleaded guilty in June to driving while impaired and was sentenced to one year in prison. Thorne said the case might be reviewed now that Krauss has died.

Krauss was escorting the funeral procession for Deborah Ann Paterakis, whose husband and father-in-law operate the H&S Baking Co.

A Baltimore resident and 18-year veteran of the Transportation Authority Police, Krauss was posthumously promoted to corporal, officials said yesterday.

He is survived by his wife, Renae Suzanne Krauss; his mother, Janice Krauss Kane; his father, Walter Krauss; and a brother, David Wayne Krauss.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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