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MCP: Driver of Police Car That Struck Teen Placed on Leave

Driver was an 18-year veteran stationed at Montgomery County Police department's 5th District station in Germantown. He was placed on paid leave according to police protocol.

The Montgomery County Police officer who, while responding to a football game fight Friday, struck and injured a teen pedestrian has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Police identified the driver as Cpl. Raymond Bennett, an 18-year veteran assigned to the 5th District in Germantown. Following protocol, Montgomery County Police said Bennett had been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.  

Three other officers were also placed on paid administrative leave due to their part in providing immediate emergency care for the 15-year-old female pedestrian, police said.

At around 9:15 p.m. Friday police responded to reports of “numerous” fights breaking out near Watkins Mill High School after a football game. Football rivals Clarksburg and Watkins Mill had just finished their annual grudge match—a 10-8 win by Watkins Mill, according to witnesses—when several brawls reportedly began, Montgomery Village Patch reported Friday. 

According to police, the responding officers turned onto Apple Ridge Road with emergency lights activated when the teen girl, a sophomore at Watkins Mill, entered the roadway and was struck by the second of the two cruisers. 

Police said officers immediately began administering first aid. She was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. 

In a post to students on Monday morning, Watkins Mill High School principal Scott W. Murphy said the injured sophomore was “alert, talking with friends and family, sitting upright and expected to begin physical therapy soon. “

The Montgomery County Police-Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) continues to investigate the crash. Investigators have already spoken to numerous witnesses to the collision. But police have asked witnesses who have not talked to investigators to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 301-840-2435.  Callers may remain anonymous.

Fran Asbeck September 25, 2012 at 11:08 AM
With violence, grudges, bad feelings, a result of highschool athletics, let's get the schools out of sports and back into the basics and the humanities. Fran Asbeck, MCPS Grandpa
steve September 25, 2012 at 11:56 AM
HS sports provide far too many positives to the student athletes, the school they play for, and the student body for them to be removed. The vast majority of HS sport events do not result in "violence, grudges, or bad feelings". To take one incident and extrapolate it to all sport events is rediculous.
Amy Deane September 25, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Why is it referred to as the "football fight" when it happened off school grounds and after the game?
Fran Asbeck September 25, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Steve, what positives? Concussion? Fractures?
Charity September 25, 2012 at 02:03 PM
If you pay close attention to what happens at these sporting events, you will notice it is the spectators not the athletes that seem to be getting into trouble. If more children were encouraged to participate in sports, and other school clubs and activities mayeb this would happen less.
Greg Cohen September 25, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Fran, Consider these as positives: promoting a healthy lifestyle, team work, building leadership and social skills, not to mention the opportunity for athletes who play their sport at a high level to continue improving and receive exposure for their performance. Injuries happen in all sports, as they do in all walks of life.
Joe Thomas September 25, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Ok lets call it an "after football fight".
liz September 25, 2012 at 05:00 PM
How about we cut the NFL all together it causes the same reaction in adults i.e dallas vs redskins games those "grudge" match is WELL known for "post and pre" game brawls
Fran Asbeck September 25, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Works for me. Cut the Caps, the Bullets, and the Nats. too. The players and owners have allowed greed to overshadow entertainment and service to the communityt.
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