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Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 02/ 9/2011

Victim ID'd in fatal crash with FBI agent

By Matt Zapotosky
Matt Zapotosky

Police have identified the teenager killed in a two-vehicle crash involving an FBI agent in Prince George's County Monday night as 18-year-old Lawrence Garner Jr., of Brandywine, authorities said Wednesday.

Garner was headed southbound in the 10600 block of North Keys Road in Brandywine when his Hyundai Sonata was struck by the FBI agent's vehicle, said Cpl. Erica Johnson. The FBI agent's vehicle was traveling north and had veered across the center line, Johnson said.

Johnson said investigators believe speed and alcohol to be factors in causing the collision, though the FBI agent has not yet been charged with any crimes. Charges in fatal crashes are generally filed months after the incident when the investigator's accident reconstruction report is completed and prosecutors have reviewed the case.

Police would not name the agent because he has not been charged. Police say he was off duty at the time of the crash.

[This post has been updated.]

By Matt Zapotosky  | February 9, 2011; 12:45 PM ET
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Alcohol contributes to the wreck, but fatigue clearly caused the accident. The FBI agent had probably driven home a thousand times with as much or more alcohol in him. But lack of food and sleep caused him to pass out at the wheel and swerve into the oncoming traffic.

Remember to eat before drinking, and by all means drink coffee (and enough of it) for the trip home.

Posted by: blasmaic | February 9, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Alcohol contributes to the wreck, but fatigue clearly caused the accident. The FBI agent had probably driven home a thousand times with as much or more alcohol in him. But lack of food and sleep caused him to pass out at the wheel and swerve into the oncoming traffic.

Remember to eat before drinking, and by all means drink coffee (and enough of it) for the trip home.

Posted by: blasmaic | F

Your post is dumb, first of all were you there to know if fatigue or alcohol were the factors? Secondly if you are going to drive then dont drink should be your message. Cops are just as human as the rest of us. If this was not a cop would you be his advocate?

Posted by: ged0386 | February 9, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Let me assure you ged, as much as they would like to be, federal agents are not police.

Posted by: curiousGeorge4 | February 9, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Let me assure you ged, as much as they would like to be, federal agents are not police.

You are correct, federal agents are much better educated and far less corrupt then the local police.

Posted by: Axel2 | February 9, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Let me just say this, my brother was the passenger in and he is lucky to be alive! I wouldn't give a hot hell if that agent ate, was fatigued or whatever. HE WAS UNDER THE INFLUENCE and now a young male is DEAD because of the carelessness. Before you make comments please think of the family first. Thanks!

Posted by: nunofurbizness | February 9, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse


Secondly if you are going to drive then dont drink should be your message.

Posted by: ged0386 | February 9, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

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I disagree that people who drink and drive are not deserving of accurate health information. If you drink, eat plenty of food and get some rest. But whatever you do, don't get behind the wheel without enough coffee in you to keep awake and in your lane until you get home.

Sure, caffiene does not improve your reaction time if you're greatly intoxicated, but falling asleep at the wheel deteriorates your reaction time even more than driving drunk!

I simply don't believe that intoxicated drivers should be without information on how to drive more safely. I realize that this viewpoint doesn't serve the police who simply want to arrest people and shake their heads at tragic accidents.

I just want fewer highway deaths, and I want more people to arrive home safely.

Posted by: blasmaic | February 9, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

@Blasmaic..."But fatigue clearly caused the accident." Thank you CSI investigator...

What a dumb statement...and what a dumb FBI agent to be DRINKING if he was tired period, let alone driving...

This incident will not receive much publicity for sure...he will plead guilty to a much lesser charge offered...but of course he will get treatment for his "problems" to garner sympathy....

Posted by: pentagon40 | February 9, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I'd have to agree with nunofurbizness... none of that matters... the FBI agent, whoever he may be, was quite negligent that much is obvious...no one should get behind the wheel of a car intoxicated. I know they factor in weight and the amount of alcohol but clearly not everyone is going to be realistic about their consumption and what they can and cannot handle... clearly this man COULD NOT handle drinking and driving and NEVER should have been on the road in the first place. Maybe fatigue and lack of food was a factor but whatever!!! I pray for the family and I wish them much peace during this tragic time... I'm so sorry for you loss....but please remember the life that you did have a chance to share with him.... that will keep him alive in your heart and mind..... Peace to you ...

Posted by: ReflectionofLyfe | February 9, 2011 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Question: if the guy has not yet been charged with manslaughter, pending the accident reconstruction, has his drivers license been pulled? I hope so. And I hope the Bureau is putting him on administrative leave. He shouldn't be doing the government's business with his bad judgment or an illness like alcoholism.

Posted by: axolotl | February 9, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

What else would send a car across the center line other than losing consciousness at the wheel?

Okay, maybe he passed out with his eyes open and when the oncoming headlights woke him up he turned his head, neck, shoulders, and steering wheel in their direction.

Maybe the accident was caused by the oncoming vehicle's headlights.

Posted by: blasmaic | February 9, 2011 5:50 PM | Report abuse

@balsamic: IF you are serious about ANY of your comments, you are, quite literally, a moron. Do you drink and drive? Are you one of those guys that says "oh, I can drive..I've only had a few and I ate those mozzarella sticks so I'm good."? "Maybe the accident was caused by the oncoming vehicles headlights." MAYBE, the accident was caused by a driver driving under the influence you flipping TWIT!

Posted by: goalman_13760 | February 9, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

"Maybe the accident was caused by the oncoming vehicles headlights." MAYBE, the accident was caused by a driver driving under the influence you flipping TWIT!

Posted by: goalman_13760 | February 9, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

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I just don't get why people refuse to accept that caffeine will keep you awake while driving drunk.

Every person I know who was ever pulled over for DUI was driving a route they'd driven a million times before when they were drunk, but what ruined their driving was fatigue.

Stay awake and alert when driving under all circumstances!

The life you save may be someone else's.

Posted by: blasmaic | February 9, 2011 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Remember to eat before drinking, and by all means drink coffee (and enough of it) for the trip home.

Posted by: blasmaic
what would your response be if this was a case of someone randomly shooting in a public place and killing someone?
would you feel the same?
40,000 people die this way every year. But this guy will have his drivers lic. back. in a while (6 months or year). if he is infact dui and not "just" impared, so he can go try again. No background checks to see if he has killed in the past, before he buys more booze and gas.

Posted by: kev4 | February 9, 2011 7:39 PM | Report abuse

You are correct, federal agents are much better educated and far less corrupt then the local police.

Right. They just get drunk and kill people.

Posted by: curiousGeorge4 | February 9, 2011 7:47 PM | Report abuse

kev4, you argue against driving drunk. It is your right.

I argue for staying awake at the wheel while driving under any condition of sobriety. Drink plenty of coffee to stay awake.

Do you believe that society is better served when drunks fall asleep at the wheel and drive into the oncoming traffic?

Posted by: blasmaic | February 9, 2011 8:43 PM | Report abuse

@blasmic: What is with the staying awake, and caffeine plug? DON'T DRINK & DRIVE and the conversation and fatal accidents like this are over!

Posted by: awfulexcuse1 | February 10, 2011 8:16 AM | Report abuse

I cannot believe you people! One young man was killed by a drunk driver and another is seriously injured. The figure that I heard about the drunk driver was that he was way over the legal limit. There is NO excuse for drunk driving.

Posted by: mbrumble | February 10, 2011 9:14 AM | Report abuse


DON'T DRINK & DRIVE and the conversation and fatal accidents like this are over!

Posted by: awfulexcuse1 | February 10, 2011 8:16 AM | Report abuse

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That doesn't work even for FBI agents.

It's becoming humorous how many people disagree with an admonition to stay awake while driving regardless of sobriety.

Look, most DUIs occur after midnight and before dawn. Now what is the most likely thing all those drivers have in common beyond alcohol? That's right! Lack of sleep and lack of food.

Stay awake at the wheel!

Posted by: blasmaic | February 10, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

A lot of people die from drunk driving crashes. This one made the news because the one that killed was a FBI agent. We must remember that they are human too and not perfect. They have their issues too. This made news because it was a FBI agent. He will pay for his mistakes just like any other person which has done what he has. He will think of how he killed an innocent person everyday of his life. How he changed the world of a family from one bad decision. He has also changed his life and his own families life forever as well. He made a bad decision and has to live with it the rest of his life. There is no excuse for driving drunk everyone should know better. Because he is a FBI agent does not mean to highlight it, he is human. What should be highlighted is the boys' life and the life he lived.

Posted by: thechampster | February 10, 2011 9:11 PM | Report abuse

The FBI agent chose to drink and drive. A decision that cost Lawrence his life. Lawrence was a wonderful young man, whom I had the privilege of working with. He brightened every-one's day with his huge smile.His absence at work is felt by quite a few of us. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Please know that we have you in our prayers. We are also praying for the young man that was in the vehicle with him.

Posted by: kduke1 | February 10, 2011 10:32 PM | Report abuse

The FBI agent chose to drink and drive. A decision that cost Lawrence his life. Lawrence was a wonderful young man, whom I had the privilege of working with. He brightened every-one's day with his huge smile.His absence at work is felt by quite a few of us. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Please know that we have you in our prayers. We are also praying for the young man that was in the vehicle with him.

Posted by: kduke1 | February 10, 2011 10:33 PM | Report abuse

My condolences 2 the families this is a tragedy & its sad that many have giving advice on drinking & driving. Its heart breaking that some many ppl are so disrespectful 2 these families.. A young man's life as been stolen from him & another young man is holding on by faith. U insensitive, disrespectful ppl have no idea the pain & heart ace that these families are enduring. It does not matter if the driver is affiliated with the law. 3 families have been destroyed... 1 family will never c nor touch their son again! & another will have 2 endure the pain & heart ace of watching their son try 2 recover from a devastating accident while coping w/the lost of a friend. And last but not lest the driver has 2 live w/the fact that he took a young mans life & hurt another. So plz me mind full when u post these insensitive comments.. If this were ur family u would want the same respect. May god be w/all the families at their time of need

Posted by: mzcurrie4life | February 11, 2011 9:21 AM | Report abuse

My condolences 2 the families this is a tragedy & its sad that many have giving advice on drinking & driving. Its heart breaking that some many ppl are so disrespectful 2 these families.. A young man's life as been stolen from him & another young man is holding on by faith. U insensitive, disrespectful ppl have no idea the pain & heart ace that these families are enduring. It does not matter if the driver is affiliated with the law. 3 families have been destroyed... 1 family will never c nor touch their son again! & another will have 2 endure the pain & heart ace of watching their son try 2 recover from a devastating accident while coping w/the lost of a friend. And last but not lest the driver has 2 live w/the fact that he took a young mans life & hurt another. So plz me mind full when u post these insensitive comments.. If this were ur family u would want the same respect. May god be w/all the families at their time of need

Posted by: mzcurrie4life | February 11, 2011 9:22 AM | Report abuse

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