An off-duty Annapolis, Maryland, patrolman was seriously injured last week when he crashed his motorcycle into the back end of a construction vehicle on I-95, near Route 216 in Scaggsville, MD. The two-vehicle accident occurred around 11 p.m. on May 31 and shut down the interstate for nearly an hour.
Edwin Caraballo, a 28-year-old Pikesville resident who has been working one year with the Annapolis Police Department, received multiple injuries and was knocked unconscious after he apparently drove his 2004 Suzuki 600 motorcycle into the rear of a construction truck at a high rate of speed, according to Maryland State Police.
The police investigation revealed that Caraballo was riding along I-95 when he changed lanes suddenly apparently not knowing that the lane was in the process of being shut down for construction. The man hit the rear of a Chevrolet work truck belonging to DW Miller Inc., a Pennsylvania firm.
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