BELTSVILLE, Md. (CBSDC) -Police revealed the identity of a police officer who died in a violent crash in Maryland on Monday that left another officer seriously injured.
Prince George’s County police say 23-year-old Adrian Morris of Laurel was killed in the crash Monday afternoon on I-95. Morris suffered massive head injuries from the crash. Paramedics tried to revive him on the scene, but he was pronounced dead after being Medivac’d to the Prince George’s Hospital. His partner, officer Michael Risher, sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
The accident occurred along the southbound lanes of I-95 near Powder Mill Road shortly after 1 p.m. as police pursued a silver Acura with temporary tags.
Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw said Morris was behind the wheel and lost control of the police cruiser just after the Powder Mill Road exit, crashing the vehicle into a guardrail on an embankment. He was ejected from the cruiser from the collision and died on the scene.
The second officer sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Investigators are still trying to establish how fast the cruiser and Acura were driving, and if the officers were wearing seat belts, according to Chief Magaw.
Investigators are still trying to determine how fast the cruiser and the Acura were traveling and whether the officers were wearing seat belts, Magaw said. Law enforcement officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case, said witnesses reported that the Acura was speeding, and some suggested it might have run into or cut off the police car.
All lanes of southbound I-95 were blocked for several hours early Monday afternoon. As of 4 p.m., the two right lanes near the the accident are still blocked. Drivers should expect delays through the afternoon rush hour.
County Executive Rushern L. Baker III said in a statement, “Today is a very sad day for the Prince George’s County government and our public safety community. Each day, the men and women of our police department face life-threatening circumstances so that our citizens can be safe.”
Although Morris was a young officer with just 2.5 years of service on the force, he was very recognizable throughout the department. Morris had been involved in the Police Explorers program, starting at the age of 15, which he continued to do for 5 years. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Morris became a United States citizen in 2009.
Police are still trying to locate the driver of the Acura but have released surveillance photos of a possible suspect at a gas station.
The driver may have been spotted at a local gas station shortly after the crash (below). Prince George’s County police released surveillance photos. You can see all the photos here.