Man Gets $280 Fine For Killing Two Law Enforcement Officers

A man who killed two members of law enforcement with his car in December ended up with only a ticket.

Rockville, MD – The driver who ran over two police officers who were stopped on the shoulder for a collision will walk away with a fine and a few new points on his driving record.

Maryland State Police Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office Sander Cohen and Federal Bureau of Investigation Supervisory Special Agent Carlos Wolff were both killed after 28-year-old Roberto A. Garza Palacios lost control of his vehicle on Route 270 near the Falls Road exit on Dec. 8, 2017, WTTG reported.

Agent Wolff, 36, had been involved in a crash with his personal vehicle, and Chief Cohen stopped to assist him at about 10 p.m.

Police said that Chief Cohen, 33, turned on his emergency flashers and positioned his vehicle to block off Wolff’s damaged one while he called officers for assistance, WTTG reported.

Investigators said that Agent Wolff and Chief Cohen were both standing outside their vehicles in the left emergency lane talking when Palacios came upon the scene.

Palacios, 28, told police he was in the left lane and tried to change lanes to avoid the stopped cars, but was blocked by traffic. So instead, he tried to go left around the vehicles.

He swerved left and hit both Agent Wolff and Chief Cohen, throwing them over the median’s dividing barrier and into oncoming traffic on the southbound side of the freeway, WTTG reported.

Chief Cohen died at the scene. Agent Wolff was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Palacios remained at the scene and cooperated with police, WTTG reported.

Investigators determined that neither alcohol, nor drugs, nor speed were factors in the tragic crash.

Palacios met with Maryland State Police in April and received a negligent driving citation that carried a $280 fine and three points, WTTG reported.

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John-Brown
John-Brown

BREAKING NEWS, from the Washington post: Federal immigration officers on Thursday arrested the driver of a Honda Accord that fatally struck two law enforcement officers in Maryland late last year, officials said Friday.

Roberto Garza Palacios, 28, was taken into custody at his residence, said Justine Whelan, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He had been living in a two-story Gaithersburg home in the 400 block of Belle Grove Road, according to court records and residents of the house. THE LINK BELOW WORKS.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

"The article says the driver received a citation for negligent driving...did you miss that?"

@JBo: And if it had been regular citizens he wouldn't have gotten one. Police gave a citation because it deflected attention from the negligence of the dead officers.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

No, I have long thought that police officers need to stop standing near busy highways as much as they do. I used to think that when I made my weekly highway trip and there would always be officers giving tickets with their backsides hanging over the fog line. Then one day a crazy person (one who had been in and out of mental hospitals) started playing bumper cars with the other cars on that stretch of freeway where they like to give speeding tickets. He saw one of those officers standing by a driver's side window like a target, and he took his chance and killed the officer on purpose with his car. After that, the staties did passenger side approaches for about a year, but now they are back to driver's side. This is an area where police officers really need re-education and re-training and have for a long time. Some dangerous ways of thinking are deeply ingrained in a lot of police officers and sometimes it ends up killing them when they did not have to die.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

In this situation they would clearly have lived if inside the vehicle. This is important to Understand bcs blue lives matter.