Largo, MD – Prince George’s County Police Officer Davon McKenzie was killed on Tuesday night, when a vehicle slammed into the motorcycle he was riding and threw him into oncoming traffic.
The fatal off-duty collision occurred just before 11 p.m., as Officer McKenzie was riding his Suzuki motorcycle southbound on I-495, the Prince George’s County Police Department (PGCPD) said in a press release.
The driver of a Nissan Altima was attempting to merge onto the interstate from Route 202, but crashed into a slow-moving street sweeper in the lanes near the ramp, The Washington Post reported.
The driver of the Altima lost control, and veered across the lanes of interstate traffic, slamming into the 24-year-old officer.
The force of the impact threw him from his motorcycle and over a median wall into the northbound lanes.
Officer McKenzie was subsequently hit by two oncoming vehicles.
He was rushed to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries a short while later.
The Maryland State Police are handling the ongoing investigation into the fatal crash.
"The Prince George's County Police family is broken hearted at the loss of this young officer and only son,” Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said in the press release. “He was well respected and loved by his fellow officers. I, on behalf of all of us who were at the hospital and all those who couldn't be, extend our deepest condolences to his family.”
Officer McKenzie joined the PGCPD in March of 2017, and was assigned to the Bureau of Patrol.
He was working as a school resource officer at William Wirt Middle School at the time of his death – an assignment he personally chose, WTOP reported.
“He was special,” Chief Stawinski said during a press conference on Wednesday. “He touched a lot of people.”
The chief said that as many as 50 people flocked to the hospital in the wake of the crash.
“There wasn’t anyplace for anyone to sit” because of the sheer number of supporters, he added.
County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said that Officer McKenzie “had a bright future ahead of him.”
“My heart breaks for this young officer, and his family, who was taken from us far too soon,” Alsobrooks said in a statement. “My prayers and thoughts of love, and those of the Prince George’s County community, are with each of them.”
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan also released a statement in the wake of Officer McKenzie’s tragic death.
"We are mourning the heartbreaking loss of Officer Davon McKenzie, a dedicated member of the Prince George's County Police Department,” Hogan said, according to WBAL. “Our most sincere prayers are with his loved ones and his law enforcement family during this time of great sorrow."
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Prince George’s County Police Officer Davon McKenzie, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.