The Maryland state trooper who died after crashing into the rear end of a trailer truck on I-95 may have been chasing a motorcycle that was travelling south on the interstate, as concluded in the initial investigations of the police.
The victim, 39-year-old Trooper First Class Shaft Hunter, has been on the force for 11 years and is a father to six children.
Hunter had served the Marine Corps from 1994 to 2000.
Whilst pursuing a motorcycle that was driving south on I-95, the officer had rear-ended a parked tractor trailer on the shoulder of the interstate.
The following event is a “possibility” and is based on witness information. One witness said that a motorcycle had travelled in a “high speed” and a police car was trailing it. Shortly after, the police car had rear ended the tractor trailer.
The car crash had happened at around 2:40 in the morning. The driver of the tractor trailer said to the investigators that he had stopped over to check for the direction of his destination.
MSP Superintendent Colonel Terrence Sheridan said that Hunter died whilst working to make the road safe. He was the 43rd trooper to perish whilst serving the people of Maryland.
Southbound lanes of I-95 were closed at Route 32 to make way for the investigation of the accident.
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