Aberdeen, MD (ANN)- A Maryland State Trooper is recovering from injuries sustained late Sunday night when he was struck by a car on I-95 in Harford County. First Sergeant Robert Cummings, who is assigned to the Police Communications Support Division was on a traffic direction detail in a marked construction zone on northbound Interstate 95 at mile maker 84. He was assisting with a lane closure for road repairs around 10 p.m. when a driver crashed in to there back of the trooper’s unmarked Ford patrol car. Police say the vehicle had its emergency lights activated.
First Sergeant Cumming was airlifted to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma with serious injuries.
The driver of the 2009 Toyota Avalon who hit the trooper, is identified as Christofe Taylor, 28, of Logan Township, New Jersey. He did not report any injuries. Taylor was charged with CDS possession not marijuana, marijuana over 10 grams, driving through a safety zone, failure to control vehicle speed on highway to avoid collision, failure to obey traffic control device, negligent driving, driving on suspended out of state, possessing suspended license and displaying suspended license.
Maryland State Troopers want to remind everyone that Maryland law requires you to move over to an adjacent lane, if possible, or slow down significantly, as they approach and pass any emergency vehicle or tow service operator on the shoulder of a road. This law is intended to reduce the risk public safety workers face each day along Maryland roads. Much of the road construction in Maryland is being conducted at night, in order to reduce traffic congestion during the day. All sites are lit by signboards, directional arrows and police officers and are marked by safety cones or barrels. Drivers are reminded to obey speed limits in work zones and to stay focused on the road ahead of them, not what is occurring in the construction site.
Under Maryland Vehicle Law, emergency vehicles are defined as:
-Vehicles of federal, state, or local law enforcement agencies;
-Vehicles of volunteer fire companies, rescue squads, fire departments, the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, and the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute;
-State vehicles used in response to oil or hazardous materials spills;
-State vehicles designated for emergency use by the Commissioner of Correction;
-Special vehicles funded or provided by federal, state, or local government and used for emergency or rescue purposes in Maryland.
Violation of the ‘move over’ law is a primary offense with a fine of $110 and one point. If the violation contributes to a traffic crash, the fine is $150 and three points. If the violation contributes to a traffic crash resulting in death or serious injury, the fine is $750 and three points.