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Posted at 8:09 PM ET, 01/ 5/2011

Officer's car hits pedestrian in Pr. George's

By Clarence Williams

A Prince George's County police officer and a pedestrian were hospitalized Wednesday night after the officer's unmarked cruiser struck the man as he tried to walk across a road in the Capitol Heights area, police officials said.

According to preliminary reports, a man was crossing Ritchie Marlboro Road, near the intersection with Walker Mill Road, when he was struck about 7:30 p.m., said Cpl. Clinton Copeland, a spokesman.

The pedestrian, who was not identified by police, was taken to a hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries, Copeland said. The officer sustained injuries that were not believed to be life threatening, he said.

There are no crosswalks at the intersection and the three-lane road is dark in that area, Copeland said.

By Clarence Williams  | January 5, 2011; 8:09 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Was speed a factor? Did the police release this information or was the question asked? Are charges pending for the officer? Ongoing investigation?

Posted by: goalman_13760 | January 5, 2011 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Was speed a factor? Did the police release this information or was the question asked? Are charges pending for the officer? Ongoing investigation?

Posted by: goalman_13760 | January 5, 2011 9:21 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hn8orkOhvwM

Posted by: blasmaic | January 6, 2011 6:29 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: blasmaic | January 6, 2011 6:30 AM | Report abuse

Unless the injury was due to stress, how did the police officer come to be injured?? Presumably he was in the cruiser wearing a seat belt.

Posted by: edallan | January 6, 2011 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Unless the injury was due to stress, how did the police officer come to be injured?? Presumably he was in the cruiser wearing a seat belt.

Posted by: edallan | January 6, 2011 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Great headline, WaPost. Was the Car named "Christine," like Steven King's murderous automobile? Did the 'unmarked cruiser' decide to run down the pedestrian on it's own?

How about you try this one: Officer hits pedestrian with unmarked police vehicle.

That way you put the blame where it likely belongs, with the officer driving the car.

Oh wait, I know why. Because the PGCPD will 'find' that the pedestrian stepped into the path of an officer just trying to do his job. Wait and see...

Posted by: dgilday | January 6, 2011 8:47 AM | Report abuse

How fast is the speed limit on Ritchie Marlboro Road? Was the cop driving at an excessive rate of speed which caused him/her to suffer injuries? Of course PGPD will clear the officer of all fault. They'll blame the pedestiran for not wearing bright-colored clothes.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | January 6, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Everyone is missing the point that the intersection "had no crosswalks and was dark"

I think the blame should be on the pedestrian. When I grew up, I was told to cross the street in the crosswalks.

Remove the fact that it's a PGCPD car. No fault if the person is not in the crosswalk.

Posted by: jwash4472 | January 6, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse

"Everyone is missing the point that the intersection "had no crosswalks and was dark"

I think the blame should be on the pedestrian. When I grew up, I was told to cross the street in the crosswalks."
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So the victim should have kept walking until he found a cross walk? Let me let all you idiots in on a little secret. It is still illegal to hit a human being with your car. They don't paint cross walks at every intersection in the suburbs.

Posted by: luvdc808 | January 6, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Everyone is missing the point that the intersection "had no crosswalks and was dark"

I think the blame should be on the pedestrian. When I grew up, I was told to cross the street in the crosswalks.

Remove the fact that it's a PGCPD car. No fault if the person is not in the crosswalk.

Posted by: jwash4472 | January 6, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse

not all roads have crosswalks. It doesn't mean the road becomes an impassable barrier to those without a car. If that were the case I wouldn't be able to walk to my neighbor's house across the street.

Posted by: paperwc | January 6, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

A lot of you are just anti-police. Its almost always the pedestrians fault because crosswalk or not, theyre not supposed to be walking in the street when traffic has the right of way. And if a person has to cross and there is no crosswalk then use common sense. Look both ways before you go and hustle. Especially when you see a car approaching. Based on the article I dont see how the driver can be held at fault for not seeing something at night that isnt supposed to be there in the first place.

Posted by: blank08 | January 6, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Driving and hitting ANY pedestrian seems to carry NO consequence for the hitter.


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"I hereby fine you $15 for running over the late boy."

-- Algonquin J. Calhoun
Prince George's Traffic Court Judge

Posted by: snalg1 | January 6, 2011 11:39 AM | Report abuse

snalg1 - Why would it? Just b/c your vehicle hits a pedestrian doesnt mean you did anything wrong. Pedestrians, just like drivers, can cause accidents too. And dont any of you drive? When have you ever been able to stop on a dime when something unexpected happens?

Posted by: blank08 | January 6, 2011 12:29 PM | Report abuse

snalg1 - Why would it? Just b/c your vehicle hits a pedestrian doesnt mean you did anything wrong. Pedestrians, just like drivers, can cause accidents too. And dont any of you drive? When have you ever been able to stop on a dime when something unexpected happens?

Posted by: blank08 | January 6, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

DGilday... thank you!

WAPO: this has been pointed out to you on multiple occasions. Did you let go all of your competent editors?

Posted by: Greent | January 6, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

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