An off-duty Annapolis police officer was seriously hurt when he rode his motorcycle into the rearend of a construction vehicle on Interstate 95, near Route 216 in Scaggsville, Maryland. The two-vehicle crash happened close to midnight on May 31 — the incident caused law enforcement personnel to close down the highway for about 60 minutes.
The 28-year-old rider, Edwin Caraballo of Pikesville, MD, has been working about 12 months for the Annapolis Police Department. According to Maryland State Police, Caraballo sustained multiple injuries as well as being knocked unconscious when he apparently rode his 2004 Suzuki motorcycle at a rather high rate of speed directly into the back of the truck.
Police investigators report that Caraballo was travelling on I-95 when suddenly changed lanes apparently not knowing that his newly chosen lane was being shut down for construction. The man slammed into the rear of a Chevy work truck.
When police arrived, they found Caraballo unconscious in the roadway. Howard County Fire and Rescue personnel attempted to revive him and he was subsequently flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was listed in serious but stable condition. Reports indicate that the man only had knee and arm injuries, which makes him lucky because incidents like this can easily result in traumatic brain injuries or worse.
According to reports, the off-duty officer was not riding with the proper documentation for his bike or himself. State police charged him with negligent driving, driving an uninsured vehicle, and driving without current registration and a proper driver’s license for a motorcycle.
As Maryland Automobile Accident Attorneys, we handle numerous motorcycle accident cases such this one. Although reports point to the rider’s inattention, there could have been other factors that contributed to the crash. At Lebowitz-Mzhen, LLC, we are experienced in auto accident and personal injury cases. If you have been injured due to a motorcycle, car, SUV or other vehicle accident, we highly recommend that you contact a trained legal professional to help you fight for your rights.
City officer hurt in motorcycle crash, HomeTownAnnapolis.com, June 4, 2009