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Posted at 10:13 PM ET, 04/29/2010

Pr. George's officer hurt in collision

By Erica Johnston


A Prince George's County police officer was seriously injured Thursday evening when her cruiser was struck by a vehicle in the Oxon Hill area, officials said.

The officer was responding to a routine call and did not have her emergency lights on when the cars collided at the intersection of St. Barnabas and Old Silver Hill roads about 6:45 p.m., said Cpl. Clinton Copeland, a spokesman.

The officer was taken to a hospital in serious condition, but her injuries were not believed to be life threatening, Copeland said.

A person in the other vehicle suffered a minor knee injury, he said.

It was not immediately clear which vehicle had the right-of-way. The investigation continues.

-- Clarence Williams

By Erica Johnston  | April 29, 2010; 10:13 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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"It was not immediately clear which vehicle had the right-of-way."

I assume that it was the officer's fault and they are trying to look to minimize the negligence? I mean if two regular citizens are involved in an accident, the police can immediately determine who had the right of way and who is at fault in the accident, but when a cop car hits someone, they have to investigate longer to determine these things? B.S.

Posted by: Hotelguest0 | April 30, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Another cover up by PG police as it could not immediately be determined who was at fault. Another poster indicated if it were two citizens involved in this accident the police would have had little issue with determining who was at fault. As witness to how the police drive in general; never make complete stops at red lights or stop signs, speed, follow vehicles too closely in order to intimidate them and force the other vehicle to move over so they can speed some more. I wonder if the “officer” involved was at the U of M “riots”? Check the onboard video of the accident to see if a determination of guilt can be made…oops the video is missing or the video has been lost. PG police are a joke.

Posted by: OhBrother67 | April 30, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Another cover up by PG police as it could not immediately be determined who was at fault. Another poster indicated if it were two citizens involved in this accident the police would have had little issue with determining who was at fault. As witness to how the police drive in general; never make complete stops at red lights or stop signs, speed, follow vehicles too closely in order to intimidate them and force the other vehicle to move over so they can speed some more. I wonder if the “officer” involved was at the U of M “riots”? Check the onboard video of the accident to see if a determination of guilt can be made…oops the video is missing or the video has been lost. PG police are a joke.

Posted by: OhBrother67 | April 30, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Another cover up by PG police as it could not immediately be determined who was at fault. Another poster indicated if it were two citizens involved in this accident the police would have had little issue with determining who was at fault. As witness to how the police drive in general; never make complete stops at red lights or stop signs, speed, follow vehicles too closely in order to intimidate them and force the other vehicle to move over so they can speed some more. I wonder if the “officer” involved was at the U of M “riots”? Check the onboard video of the accident to see if a determination of guilt can be made…oops the video is missing or the video has been lost. PG police are a joke.

Posted by: OhBrother67 | April 30, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

If it is a cover up then where is the cover up? Here you have a spokesman whos not involved in the investigation giving the WaPo a generic press release. If they were covering it up then they would say something like the other driver is at fault or she had her lights on. What would be the point in covering up an accident anyway? So the county insurance might not have to pay for the other persons injuries or vehicle? Cops dont care about that. They dont have to pay for it, the county insurance does. Do you think its a cover up so they officer wont get in trouble? How much trouble could she be in anyway? If you wrecked your company car and were at fault whats the worst that would happen to you? You'd prob get a $120 red light ticket at most and a light tounge lashing from the boss. Some thing at the PD. Big deal. And I've worked plenty of accidents where I was unable to determine who was at fault because there were no witnesses and it was just one driver's word against the other. And I'm talking about rush hour accidents in busy intersections with tons of people around too but no one pays attetnion. Just b/c its a police car doesnt necessarily mean theres video. And if the there is video the other driver can get a video through the freedom of information act. Thats how all those other dash cam videos are released. But I have a feeliong that if there was video or witnesses in the officer's favor you would still cry conspiracy. You're just anti-police so just admit it. Thats why your bringing up irrelevant incidents and blindly accusing this officer of other misconduct.

Posted by: blank08 | April 30, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

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