MSP Trooper Injured While Conducting Traffic Stop on I-270 in Montgomery County

A vehicle struck a Maryland State Police trooper conducting a traffic stop on I-270 in Montgomery County. The accident happened early Wednesday morning, December 1st. The primary cause of the accident is unknown at this time. 

The state police identified the injured trooper as Brian DeHaven, assigned to Rockville Barrack in a press release. Medics conveyed the trooper to Suburban Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Additionally, the release stated that a 2012 Toyota Venza was involved in the occurrence. 

The MSP identified the Venza driver as 44-year-old Jose Ascensio of Germantown. He did not suffer any injury from the collision, and he will likely face charges pending the conclusion of the investigation. The release further stated that Ascensio struck DeHaven at about 6:10 a.m. while outside his patrol vehicle on the left shoulder of I-270 south of Exit 6, Route 28/West Montgomery Avenue in Rockville. 

DeHaven conducted a traffic stop on I-270 on a 2019 Kia passenger car with his marked Ford Explorer behind the vehicle. The trooper’s car’s emergency light was activated, and it was on the left shoulder of the road. The MSP said the lawman was between the jersey wall and the Kia’s driver side when Ascensio swerved and struck him and the two parked cars. 

The Kia driver was uninjured in the collision. The investigation into the crash is ongoing. 

Under Maryland law, a person injured in a traffic accident can request compensation from the driver who caused the crash. The settlement sum covers economic and non-economic damages. While it sounds simple enough, there are different challenges when seeking compensation. 

Therefore, it is wise for crash victims to hire an experienced Maryland car accident attorney. Contact us at Pinder Plotkin LLC to learn how we can help you.


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