A young man suffered serious injuries in a Maryland car accident on Tuesday, October 29 when he was struck by a police cruiser while skateboarding. Details of the crash are below:
A Frederick man was injured while skateboarding the evening of Tuesday, October 29. Andrew J. Kotzbauer, age 20, was riding his skateboard on a bike path along Spring Ridge Parkway shortly after 8 p.m. He was headed southbound and traveling downhill when he entered the intersection for Spring Ridge Parkway and Knollwood Drive. Meanwhile, Cpl. Corey Borns was conducting a routine patrol in the neighborhood in his police cruiser. He was headed northbound on Spring Ridge Parkway.
Just as Borns started turning left onto Knollwood Drive, Kotzbauer entered the intersection. The skateboarder crashed into the right front bumper of the police cruiser at approximately 8:15 p.m. Kotzbauer was seriously injured in the Frederick County collision. He was flown by helicopter to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center for treatment. His current status is unknown. Borns was not injured in the accident.
A preliminary Frederick County Sheriff’s Office investigation states that Kotzbauer was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed downhill as he left the bike lane to enter the intersection. Cpl. Borns was reportedly driving at a slow enough speed that he was able to stop the vehicle within less than four feet of the collision. No charges are expected against the officer at this time. The police investigation continues, but currently, police believe that the victim was at fault for causing the accident in which he was injured.
We wish Mr. Kotzbauer a fast and complete recovery and wish the police all the best in their investigation.