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Police car responding to call hits, kills man Two officers suffer upper body, leg injuries


A pedestrian was killed yesterday in West Baltimore when he was struck by a patrol car occupied by two officers responding to a call for assistance from another officer, said a police spokesman.

Police spokesman Sgt. Scott Rowe said the officers suffered upper body and leg injuries and were being treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Rowe said Officer Marvin Gaynor, a seven-year member of the force, was driving a 1996 Ford LTD Crown Victoria south in the 1500 block of N. Fulton Ave. about 4: 40 p.m. when the vehicle struck a man who was crossing the intersection of North Fulton Avenue and Presstman Street.

Victim dead at scene

Martin Cook, 47, of the 1500 block of N. Gilmor St. was pronounced dead at the scene, Rowe said.

Rowe said preliminary reports from witnesses indicated that the patrol car had the green light and its emergency equipment -- siren and flashing lights -- were on when the accident occurred. Cook's direction of travel was not immediately known.

Rowe said Gaynor and his partner, Officer Eric Isom, who has been on the force three years, were responding to a Signal 13 at North Mount Street and Edmondson Avenue.

The nature of the Signal 13 was not available, but Rowe said the officer requesting help was not injured and that other officers responding to the call came to his aid.

Rowe said Gaynor and Isom were taken by ambulance to Shock Trauma for treatment of their injuries.

Accident is investigated

Rowe said Gaynor was to have been released last night, and Isom was being held overnight for observation.

Rowe said the accident was being investigated by the Traffic Investigation Section and that any charges were pending the outcome.

Yesterday's fatal accident involving a police vehicle was the second in four weeks. On Oct. 30, a police car responding to another Signal 13 crashed into a prisoner van at Maryland Avenue and West 20th Street and killed Officer Harold J. Carey, a passenger in the van.

Two other officers were injured. The van was also responding to a call for help.

Pub Date: 12/01/98

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