BELTSVILLE, MD (May 9, 2022) – A suspected impaired driver was rescued from his burning vehicle early this morning after he struck a Maryland State Police patrol car which then subsequently struck a trooper, sending him airborne several feet from the crash.
The accused is identified as Francis Ndoh, 29, of Laurel, Maryland.
Francis Ndoh is charged with:
- Driving under the influence
He was the driver and sole occupant of a light green Ford Fusion involved in the incident.
The injured trooper was outside of his patrol vehicle when the suspected impaired driver struck his patrol vehicle. He was transported to Suburban Hospital and later released.
Shortly after 2:00 A.M. this morning, troopers from the College Park Barrack were working a single vehicle crash investigation on northbound Route 1 and Ritz Way in Beltsville, Maryland.
The driver of a Ford Fusion crashed into the rear of a marked patrol vehicle which then struck a trooper, sending him into the air about 10-15 feet away from the scene. The trooper had been standing a few feet away from his vehicle at the time of the crash. The other trooper, who was uninjured, was exiting his patrol vehicle at the exact moment the crash occurred.
Both patrol vehicles were parked in the roadway with their emergency lights activated due to the first collision occupying a lane in the roadway.
The preliminary investigation indicates the Ford Fusion caught fire after it struck the patrol vehicle. The driver was unconscious and remained behind the wheel in the driver’s seat.
Troopers on the scene immediately ran to the burning vehicle, opened the driver’s door and removed him from the vehicle.
The driver, later identified as Ndoh, then regained consciousness and requested to be seen by medical personnel. Ndoh was transported by ambulance to the University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center.
The investigation continues…