Montgomery Co. police cruiser hits, critically injures man in Wheaton


WASHINGTON — A crash involving a Montgomery County police cruiser has left a pedestrian with critical injuries.

According to investigators, a man was hit by a marked police car near the intersection of Georgia and Blueridge avenues near University Boulevard in Wheaton, Maryland, around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The cruiser had been heading southbound on Georgia Avenue at the time of the incident.

“The officer driving the police vehicle was not responding to an emergency incident and did not have their emergency equipment activated at the time of the collision,” the police department said in a statement.

The man was not in a crosswalk, police said.

A spokesman for the county’s fire department, Pete Piringer, said on Twitter that the pedestrian had a “traumatic injury” and was taken to the hospital as a priority 1 trauma patient.

It is similar to an incident that happened in November in Bethesda, Maryland.

In that case, a bicyclist was seriously injured after being struck by a Montgomery County police cruiser near the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Jones Bridge Road.