Trial set in fatal hit-run of officer

January 02, 2009|By Liz F. Kay | Liz F. Kay,

The trial of an Elkton woman accused of killing a Maryland Transportation Authority Police officer in a hit-and-run accident on New Year's Eve 2007 is set to begin Jan. 15.

Cpl. Courtney G. Brooks was setting up cones to block a ramp off Interstate 395 on Dec. 31, 2007, to prepare for Inner Harbor celebrations when he was struck by an SUV.

The 13-year veteran died shortly afterward at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Brooks, 40, had three children.

The vehicle, owned by Kerri J. King, 36, was discovered with damage to the front bumper and hood later that night at a Cecil County truck stop. A grand jury indicted King in April. She was charged with automobile manslaughter and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

King remains in custody on an earlier conviction of driving with a suspended license. Her defense attorney could not be reached for comment this week.

Brooks' uncle, Derek Brooks, said the family planned to celebrate a midnight Mass on New Year's Eve in memory of the officer and then gather at the uncle's home afterward to remember him.

"We're all just going to be together," the uncle said.

King's trial has been postponed several times, and the Brooks family is looking forward to its conclusion, he said.

"We all want closure for this," he said. "As long as there's a pending trial, it's not a comfortable feeling. We just want justice to be served, and we want to move on."

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