A nine-year veteran Bladensburg police officer was killed Saturday after veering his marked vehicle off an Anne Arundel County highway and colliding with a car traveling in the opposite direction, police said.
Officer Brian Johnson, 38, who was off duty when the collision occurred about 9 a.m., is believed to have experienced a medical emergency just prior to the collision, Anne Arundel County Police said, though no specifics were immediately available.
Police believe Johnson was traveling eastbound on Route 100 near Catherine Avenue in Pasadena when he suddenly crossed the center median.
Johnson sustained critical injuries at the scene and was transferred to Baltimore Washington Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
The driver of struck by Johnson's police was treated and released at the scene, police said. The person has not been identified. The collision closed all westbound lanes of Route 100 and all but one eastbound lane for hours as emergency personnel cleared the scene.
Bladensburg Police Chief Charles L. Owens said in a statement, "Today, our family lost a cherished member. Private First Class Brian Johnson was a dedicated public servant to the Bladensburg community. He will be missed by all."
Johnson's body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, and investigators will work to determine the cause of death. They will also try to determine more fully the cause of the accident, police said.