Fatal Crash Involving Police Under Investigation In Anne Arundel County: Report

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Maryland Attorney General Anthony Brown said passenger Damione Gardner, 22, of Baltimore died Thursday in a fatal crash involving the Anne Arundel County Police Department. A county police car is shown here on a different day. (Jacob Baumgart/Patch)

PASADENA, MD - A man was injured and another was hospitalized in a Pasadena crash involving police, authorities announced recently.

Investigators identified the deceased victim as 22-year-old passenger Damione Gardner of Baltimore.

The driver sustained life-threatening injuries, a press release said.

Police said the crash happened last Thursday around 12:06 a.m. at the intersection of Fort Smallwood Road and Bar Harbor Road.

Officers called it a "single-vehicle crash" and said they responded after the wreck.

A report from the Mayland attorney general, however, said police officers were following the car when it crashed.

"The Anne Arundel County Police Department obtained additional information in the fatal crash investigation," officers said in a Friday update. "As a result, the Independent Investigations Division (IID) of the Maryland Office of the Attorney General was contacted. The Anne Arundel County Police Department will work in conjunction with the IID as the investigation continues."

Attorney General Anthony Brown said the eastbound 2011 Infiniti G37 was driving fast on the Stoney Creek drawbridge with its front lights turned off.

Two Anne Arundel County Police Department patrol cars followed seconds behind the sedan, both driving quickly without their emergency lights on, Brown said.

Shortly after the sedan and the police cruisers left the bridge, the attorney general said the sedan crashed into a utility pole.

None of the officers were injured.

The attorney general's Independent Investigations Division investigates all deaths involving police.

The Independent Investigations Division identified the officers involved in this case as Patrol Officers K. Schnell, a 4-year veteran, and E. Vasquez, a 3-year veteran. Investigators do not release the full first names of the officers involved at this stage of the process.

Neither police cruiser had a dashboard camera, Brown said, but the officers were wearing body cameras. 

That footage is usually released within 20 business days. Investigators may need more time to complete interviews, shield the identity of civilian witnesses or let relatives view the tape before its release.

The attorney general's team will now investigate the case and decide whether it will press charges against the officers.

The Independent Investigations Division asked anybody with information to email IID@oag.state.md.us or call (410) 576-7070.

This map shows the intersection where reports said the crash happened.

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So it's 12AM and the vehicle from Baltimore is traveling without any lights on, and their speeding. So  Anthony Brown thought it was a good idea to publish the officer's names, why because they were doing their job? Be interesting to see if he tries to make this about race, and not the fact that the officers had reasonable suspicion to pull them over, the fact that they chose to run and have an accident hopefully will be part of the investigation. You don't need to run if you're not doing anything wrong.

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