No matter where you live or work in Maryland, injuries and potential fatalities are always lurking on the road. Even those trained for the worst can be caught off guard by a traffic accident. Whether you drive a passenger car or commercial truck, a surprise on the road can put you or a family member in the hospital. As a Baltimore injury lawyer and auto accident attorney, I understand all too well the worst-case results of a vehicle collision on a highway, city street or rural route.
We read recently of the tragic passing of one of Maryland’s finest, a Prince George’s police officer whose car hit some black ice during a spate of bad weather as he was responding to a call. The single-vehicle crash put the man in the hospital back on February 27. According to reports, 27-year-old Officer Thomas Paul Jensen died on March 9 from injuries he received during that crash.
Officer Jensen had been hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit at Prince George’s Hospital Center since the crash that occurred when he lost control of his vehicle on a patch of black ice and collided with a telephone pole in College Park, said a police spokesman.
Jensen was responding to a priority call around 6:55 a.m. to assist the fire department with a disorderly person who was believed to be under the influence of PCP, Copeland said. He was driving on Baltimore Avenue when he lost control at the intersection of Greenbelt Road.
The man, who followed in his father’s steps when he decided to enter into law enforcement, was an avid hockey player and always eager to help out those around him, according to friends and family. In his sad passing, he leaves behind his newlywed wife of just five months.
Prince George’s policeman, 27, dies from car accident injuries, Gazette.net, March 11, 2010