UPDATE: Corporal Gentile, the officer that was struck while conducting an accident reconstruction, has been released from University of Maryland Shock Trauma, and is now recovering at home, based on the Boston auto accident law he will be able to claim for this accident.
The Harford County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit will assume the accident investigation and reconstruction. At the completion of their investigation it will be determined if the operator of the striking vehicle will be charged. It has been determined that drugs and/or alcohol did not play a factor in this incident.
Corporal Gentile is a nine year veteran of the Aberdeen Police Department, prior to his service in Aberdeen he retired from the Baltimore City Police Department after 25 years of dedicated service. Corporal Gentile is well known for his positive interactions with citizens in the Aberdeen community. Many citizens affectionately refer to him as “Officer Bunk” when they see him at local IronBirds games, where he is a fixture and known for handing out baseball souvenirs to kids in the stands. Corporal Gentile is appreciative for all the well wishes he received following this incident, and looks to return to duty as soon as possible.
From the Aberdeen Police Department:
On Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at approximately 10:48 PM, an officer from the Aberdeen Police Department Traffic Unit was in the 700 block of W. Bel Air Avenue conducting an accident investigation. The officer had blocked the eastbound lane of W. Bel Air Avenue with his patrol vehicle, lights activated, and was on foot wearing a reflective safety vest.
A vehicle traveling from a southbound direction on Beards Hill Road turned left onto W. Bel Air Avenue where they struck the officer with their motor vehicle. The driver stopped at the point of impact.
The injured officer was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center via Maryland State Police Medevac Unit. The officer sustained injuries to their head and lower body, and is currently being medically evaluated.