Howard police officer charged in crash that injured 2 children

A Howard County police officer involved in a traffic accident in Anne Arundel County that injured two children faces assault and traffic charges in connection with the incident, according to online court records published Friday.

Symchay Kon Bendu, 28, a four-year member of the force, faces four counts of second-degree assault, two counts of negligent driving and one count of reckless driving in connection with the June 8 accident that sent two girls, ages 11 and 4, to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in critical condition.

A hospital spokesperson said Friday the two children are no longer at the hospital and could not say when they were released. 

Bendu, of North Laurel, was charged on Aug. 12 and is scheduled for an initial appearance in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court on Sept. 9.

According to Anne Arundel County police, Bendu, who was on duty at the time, was traveling eastbound on Route 100, approximately 11 miles from the Howard County line, when he attempted to make an illegal U-turn onto westbound Route 100 where the road merges with Route 10 southbound. 

While attempting to make the turn, Bendu drove his police Dodge Charger directly into the path of a 2005 Honda Civic, which was traveling southbound on Route 10. 

At the time of the incident, police said driver error caused the collision. 

The driver of the Honda, Jamie Marie Butler, 31, of Brooklyn Park, and a third passenger, Charlie Norfolk, 34, of Brooklyn Park, received minor injuries in the collision. 

Officials from Anne Arundel and Howard counties would not comment why Bendu was in Anne Arundel County, citing that the case is ongoing.

Howard County police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said Bendu will continue to remain on administrative duty, where he has been since the crash. 

In a statement released immediately following the crash, Howard County police said an internal investigation would be conducted. Llewellyn said this week the investigation "cannot be completed until the conclusion of the Anne Arundel County criminal matter."

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