Arrangements have been set for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for the on-duty Harford County Sheriff's deputy killed in a single vehicle accident near Darlington early Thursday morning.
Visitation for Cpl. Charles B. Licato, 34, a 14-year veteran of the sheriff's office who was assigned to the Apprehension Unit of the Services and Support Bureau, will be from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at McComas Funeral Home in Abingdon. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mountain Christian Church at 1824 Mountain Road in Joppa. Interment will follow at Bel Air Memorial Gardens at 809 Rock Spring Road in Bel Air.
"We lost a member of our family," Sheriff Jesse Bane said Thursday afternoon. "Harford County lost a very dedicated, devoted person."
Bane said Cpl. Licato was a "very caring, concerned person" with a distinguished service record who can't be replaced. "He was very effective in his job. He was one of a kind and we'll never be able to fill his shoes," he said.
Cpl. Licato was on his way home to Cecil County when he crashed, Monica Worrell, the sheriff's office spokesperson, said.
A citizen traveling in the area saw something on the side of the road and stopped to investigate and found the crash scene. The person used Cpl. Licato's radio to report the accident, Bane said.
"We received a call from a citizen at approximately 2:30 a.m. about a single vehicle accident in the 4700 block of Conowingo Road, Route 1," Monica Worrell, spokesperson for the sheriff's office, said.
Cpl. Licato was driving north in his unmarked police car, a 2010 Chevy Impala, when he crossed the center line into the southbound lanes. The car continued north and traveled off the southbound side of the road, hitting a steel pole on the front driver's side then two large trees, according to Worrell.
Cpl. Licato was declared dead at the scene by paramedics from Darlington Volunteer Fire Company,
A cause of the accident had not been determined Thursday afternoon, though Cpl. Licato is listed as the at-fault driver and failure to keep right of center is listed as a contributing circumstance on the accident report.
Worrell said Cpl. Licato was not using any electronic equipment while he was driving; he did not have his cell phone and his in-vehicle computer was not turned on, she said.
A cause of death will be determined by the Office of the State Medical Examiner.
Route 1 in Darlington was closed from Shuresville Road to Castleton Road while police investigated the accident.
Police work in the family
Cpl. Licato comes from a family of police officers. His father, Donald Licato, retired from the Baltimore City Police Department, where he was a homicide detective, then went to work for Aberdeen Police Department, from where he retired last month. Mr. Licato's brother, Don Licato, has been a sheriff's deputy for three years.
"This is a double-whammy for the agency," Bane said. "Not only are we dealing with the death of one of our own, but we have a family member who works for us who's also affected."
Bane offered his support to Cpl. Licato's family.
"To his parents, they're not supposed to bury their children, this is very difficult for them," he said. "Our prayers go to them and we will support them in any way we can."
Cpl. Licato's brother, Don, who works patrol based at the Southern Precinct, will face a difficult time, having to come to the place where his brother worked. Bane said he told his colleagues to help him if he needs help, but to also give him space if he needs it.
Bane recalled Cpl. Licato often asking him to ride along with him when he was on patrol, which he did on several occasions. Bane said he knew his area well and knew the people in his patrol sector, and he wanted to make sure when the sheriff did ride along with him, the sheriff had enough star lapel pins to hand out to the children.