Deputy Responding to Call Involved in Serious Motor Vehicle Crash
(Harford County, MD) — A Harford County Sheriff’s deputy responding to a suicide in progress call lost control of his police car and crashed seriously injuring the officer. At approximately, 7:02am, Deputy First Class Edward Kimpel, 53, was responding to a suicide in progress call on Wilson Road in Street, Maryland. Kimpel, a 5-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, was traveling south on Rt. 543 with his lights and siren activated. According to witnesses, although two vehicles pulled over for Kimpel he still needed to move into the oncoming lane to safely pass them. A car approaching northbound did not see Kimpel and upon Kimpel attempting to return to the southbound lane hit a frost-covered portion of the roadway and slid sideways. Kimpel’s patrol car left the roadway and rolled two times before coming to rest in a field.
Kimpel was treated at the scene by fellow police officers and members of the Darlington Volunteer Fire Company and then take by Maryland State Police helicopter to University of Maryland Shock Trauma. His condition is listed as serious. Route 543 was between Rt. 440 and Prospect Road was closed for about four hours while crash reconstructionists investigated the crash.