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State trooper, pedestrian injured in drunk driving accident

DC and Maryland residents are likely concerned when preventable accidents happen. A pedestrian and a state trooper were both struck and injured in a collision early on the morning of June 11. The suspected drunk driving accident occurred at around 3:30 a.m. that Sunday along Route 4. The trooper's cruiser was parked at an accident scene when an oncoming vehicle rear-ended him and then struck a nearby pedestrian.

The trooper had the emergency lights on his vehicle going to warn traffic, but the state police believe that the 37-year-old driver was operating his vehicle while he was under the influence of alcohol. The vehicle collided with the patrol car then skidded off the road. A pedestrian -- one of the drivers involved in the initial accident -- was standing near the guardrail when the car driven by the allegedly impaired driver hit him as well.

The Maryland state trooper was hospitalized for a possible concussion, though he has since been released. The pedestrian remains in the hospital for the injuries he sustained during the accident and his condition at this time is unknown. The suspected drunk driver was not injured and police took him into custody.

The 37-year-old allegedly intoxicated driver was charged with driving while under the influence, and according to police, will likely be facing additional traffic charges as well. Unrelated to any criminal charges, the injured pedestrian may choose to pursue a personal injury civil suit against the man who caused the drunk driving accident. In fact, anyone in the Washington, DC, area who has been injured in a crash due to another driver's fault or negligence, especially in cases of drunk driving, has the right to seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney with experience in car accidents.

Source: NBC Washington, "Suspected Drunk Driver Strikes Maryland Trooper, Pedestrian", June 11, 2017

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