Howard police officer injured in crash

A Howard County Police officer was hospitalized early Monday morning after a traffic collision in Columbia with a driver who ran a red light, according to the police department.

The officer, Kirk Brown, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment, police said.

Brown, an officer for eight years, had been driving south on Columbia Road at about 1:59 a.m. and started to turn left onto Little Patuxent Parkway when his vehicle was struck by a 2003 Toyota 4 Runner, according to police.

The driver, Phillip Vu, was not injured in the crash, police said. The 49-year-old Silver Spring resident failed to stop for a steady red traffic signal as he traveled westbound on Little Patuxent Parkway, and alcohol is considered a factor in the crash, according to police.

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