2 Off-Duty Officers Killed in Maryland Highway Crash Are Identified

Bowen Xiao
By Bowen Xiao
December 11, 2017US News
2 Off-Duty Officers Killed in Maryland Highway Crash Are Identified

On the night of Friday, Dec. 8, two off-duty officers were killed in a crash involving multiple vehicles on the I-270 in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Peter Piringer, chief spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services confirmed the identities in a tweet on Saturday morning, Dec. 9.

The first victim was identified as Deputy Chief State Fire Marshall Sander Cohen, 33, of the Office of the State Fire Marshall. The second victim has been identified as Supervisory Special Agent Carlos Wolff, 36, of the FBI by state police.

According to Fox Baltimore, the off-duty officer was called in by a report of a single-vehicle crash on I-270 highway. Officials said the officer requested for more assistance as he blocked off the damaged vehicle with his own car, turning on the emergency lights in the process.

Both the driver and the off-duty officer then moved to the emergency stopping lane where they stood—before another vehicle approached the scene.

Police said that the approaching vehicle swerved so he could avoid the stopped cars before striking both men on the shoulder.

The collision sent both men flying over the jersey wall into the northbound side of I-270, where at least one of them was struck by another passing vehicle, Fox Baltimore reported.

According to CBS affiliate WUSA, the driver of the vehicle did not suffer any injuries and has been identified as 32-year-old, Brittany A. Waters.

Officials said Cohen died at the scene and Wolff was transported to Suburban Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police also said that there was no alcohol involved in the crashes. The cause of the first, initial crash still remains under investigation.

As of writing on Sunday, Dec. 10, no other charges have been filed in the investigation.

The governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan issued a statement on Saturday offering his condolences to the two fallen officers.

“We thank these officers for their selfless dedication to our state and our nation, and the first lady and I send our heartfelt prayers to their families, loved ones, and friends during this tragic time,” Hogan wrote, in part.

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