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Scooter rider dies after being hit by cop in unmarked car

A man riding a motor scooter was killed after he was hit in Wheaton by an unmarked police car on Sept. 13.

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According to police, the violent collision happened on Veirs Mill Road at its intersection with Norris Dr. Montgomery County Police reported that the rider, 74, was exiting a Monterey Drive neighborhood when he turned onto the south lanes of Veirs Mill Road. He was then hit by an unmarked police cruiser.

Although he was immediately transported to a local hospital after the collision, he was later pronounced dead from his injuries.

Police are still gathering facts, but ABC7 News reported that the scooter had no lights or tags and was unlicensed. It's not known whether the policeman was on call or duty when the accident occurred.

The Montgomery County Police Captain stated that "the officer stopped his cruiser and . . . immediately rendered first aid as he called for assistance."

According to officers, the policeman was a veteran of the department, with nine years' service. He was on assignment with the Police Community Action Team (PCAT).

Following the accident, there were personal items from a backpack tossed all over the road. The deceased man's blue scooter remained pinned against the cruiser's front bumper. The car itself was extensively damaged in the fatal accident.

While the matter is investigated, the police officer will remain on administrative leave, as is routine, police reported.

Sometimes an accident appears to be solely one driver's fault, when on closer inspection of the circumstances, multiple drivers are determined to share the blame for the collision. That's why it's always a good idea to consult an attorney if you are injured or lose a loved one in an accident.

Source: wjla.com, "Man on scooter dead after being struck by unmarked police cruiser in Wheaton," Sep. 07, 2017

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