September 23, 2023
Annapolis, US 63 F

Driver Charged In Crash That Injured State Trooper Kline

police-blotter-graphicMaryland State Police today issued traffic charges to an Anne Arundel County driver involved in a crash four months ago that critically injured a state trooper on a traffic stop.

The driver is identified as Enrique Guzman, Jr., 21, of Pasadena, Md. He was issued two traffic citations this morning at his home by a Maryland State Police Crash Team investigator. He is charged with a violation of Maryland’s ‘move over’ law, which carries a fine of $750. He is also charged with negligent driving, which carries a fine of $280. The penalty for each charge also includes three points if the violation contributed to a traffic crash. Acceptance of the citations is not an admission of guilt. Guzman has a right to stand trial on the charges or pay the fines prior to trial.

The charges were placed after a detailed crash reconstruction and investigation was conducted by the Maryland State Police Crash Team. The investigation was reviewed by the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office. After the review, prosecutors determined the two charges listed above should be issued to the driver.

Guzman is charged in connection with a crash that occurred at about 1:00 a.m. on October 6, 2013, on eastbound Rt. 100, prior to the Catherine Avenue exit. Trooper Jacqueline Kline, assigned to the Glen Burnie Barrack, had just stopped on the shoulder of the highway to back-up a K-9 trooper on a traffic stop. The investigation revealed that as Trooper Kline walked along the highway shoulder toward the patrol car in front of her, the car driven by Guzman struck her.

Trooper Kline was thrown onto the hood of the striking vehicle, a 2007 Nissan Versa. She was then propelled into the back of the State Police K-9 car, where she struck the back windshield and metal K-9 cage inside the car.

Trooper Kline was hospitalized for several weeks, but is now out of the hospital. She continues to improve with a speed that amazes her medical team and her fellow troopers.

Source: MSP
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