The Star Democrat Fair/haze 86° 5 Day Forecast NEWS SEARCH Advanced search News | Classifieds | Community | Directory | Marketplace | My Zwire! Wednesday 21 July, 2004 Home > News > News > News Front Stores News Top Stories Local News Briefs Maryland-Region Elections Aftermath Nation National News Weather The Rt. 404 story News Front Stores Opinion Sports Classifieds Obituaries Eastern Shore Showcase Homes SCHOOL INFORMATION Life on the Shore Entertainment Business Real Estate Health & Wellness Personal Finance Subscribe Our Newspaper Home PrimeLifestyles Links Sports Wire! Administrative Fun and Games Consumer Guide Lifestyles News Front Stores MdTA officer killed in collision on Route 50 By: JACK SHAUM , Staff Writer 07/21/2004 DUKE AARON ... officer of year in 2002 SANDY POINT - A veteran Maryland Transportation Authority police officer died Tuesday afternoon after his parked police cruiser was struck by another vehicle on the shoulder of U.S. Route 50 west of the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bridge. Officer Duke Aaron, 29, of Pasadena, had written a citation for an earlier crash on Route 50 west and had returned to his car when the crash occurred shortly before 10 a.m., said Katie Leahan, a spokesman for MdTA police. "He had just gotten back into his cruiser, a Crown Victoria, when it was rear-ended by a pickup truck moving at excessive speed," Leahan said. She said Aaron and the pickup truck's driver were flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where Aaron later died. There was no immediate word on the condition of the truck driver, whose name has not yet been released. Dr. Thomas Scalea, a Shock Trauma surgeon, said Aaron suffered cardiac arrest at the scene but was resuscitated and then stabilized at the hospital. He said Aaron died of his injuries at 1:02 p.m. "Maryland has lost one of its very best tonight," said Gary McLhinney, chief of the MdTA Police. "Duke was the kind of officer any chief would dream of having on his force." Gov. Robert Ehrlich issued a statement saying, "Officer Aaron represented the finest Maryland's law enforcement community has to offer." "All authority members and staff are deeply saddened," said Maryland Transportation Secretary Robert Flanagan. "Our prayers are with Officer Aaron's family." Maryland Transportation Authority Police and Maryland State Police are investigating the accident. Complete story appears in the print version. To subscribe to the print edition click here. ©The Star Democrat 2004 Reader Opinions Be the first person to voice your opinion on this story! Back to top Send us your community news, events, letters to the editor and other suggestions. Now, you can submit birth, wedding and engagement announcements online too! Copyright © 1995 - 2004 PowerOne Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved. News | Classifieds | Community | Directory | Marketplace | My Zwire!