Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Off-duty D.C. police officer killed in crash with tractor-trailer in Maryland

An off-duty D.C. police officer was killed Monday morning after his car crossed a double-yellow line in the Clarksville area and collided with a tractor-trailer headed in the opposite direction, Howard County police said.

Authorities said that Barry Martin Eastman, 31, of Ellicott City died at the scene of the crash on Route 32, near Route 108 and Linden Church Road, about 8 a.m. Police said Eastman drove alone in his 2015 KIA Forte as he traveled northbound, when for unknown reasons, his car veered across the double line and hit the southbound 2014 Mack tractor-trailer.

The truck driver, 53-year-old Ira Goldberg of Frederick, was not injured, Howard County police said.

Eastman was assigned to the Third District and had been a member of the department for more than four years, said Margarita Mikhaylova, a D.C. police spokeswoman. D.C. police said the accident happened after Eastman left his overnight shift.

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