An on-duty Harford County Sheriff’s deputy was killed in a single vehicular accident near Darlington on early Thursday morning. The victim was 34-year-old Cpl. Charles B. Licato.

Cpl. Charles B. Licato heading home to Cecil County when he met the accident, said the sheriff’s office spokesperson Monica Worrell.

A witness saw something in the road and stopped over for inspection when he found the accident scene. The person reported the incident using Cpl. Licato’s radio.

The sheriff’s office spokesperson, Monica Worrell, said that they had received a call from a citizen at around 2:30 in the morning reporting a single car crash on 4700 block of Conowingo Road, Route 1.

Cpl. Licato was travelling north on his unmarked police vehicle, a 2010 Chevy Impala, when his vehicle crossed the center line and went into the southbound lanes. The car continued travelling north and drove off the southbound side of the road and hit a steel pole on the driver’s side before crashing into two large trees.

The paramedics from Darlington Volunteer Fire Company declared Cpl. Licato dead on the scene.

On Thursday afternoon, the cause of the accident was still undetermined although Cpl. Licato was listed as the at-fault driver. The accident report listed failure to keep right of center as a contributory circumstance.

Worrell added that Cpl. Licato was not using electronic devices such as cell phone while he was driving. His in-vehicle computer was also not turned on.

Office of the State Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

While police investigation is still ongoing, Route 1 in Darlington will be closed from Shuresville Road to Castleton Road.

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