Investigation continues into fatal Berlin crash involving trooper
Maryland State Police continue to investigate the fatal collision in Berlin last Friday that occurred when two teenaged brothers crossed Route 113 into the path of a state trooper’s patrol car.
The collision killed a 16-year-old boy and seriously injured his brother.
The state trooper, Nicholas Hager, 21, was driving his unmarked police car on routine patrol on Route 113 heading north approaching Bay Street at about 8 p.m. when two brothers started crossing the highway from east to west. They ran directly into the path of Hager’s patrol car, according to Maryland State Police.
Although Hager tried to take evasive action to avoid hitting the boys, he was unable to avoid striking both of them. Immediately, he called for emergency medical services and started providing emergency care to both boys.
Tymeir D. Dennis, 16, was taken by ambulance to Atlantic General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Tymeir had been a junior at Stephen Decatur High School and he also attended Worcester Technical High School.
Tymeir brother, Tyheim D. Bowen, 17, was taken by ambulance to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury and then flown by helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Because of severe injuries, his leg was amputated.
Hager, who has been with the Maryland State Police and assigned to the Berlin barrack for just one year, was taken by Maryland State Police personnel to Atlantic General Hospital to be treated for injuries he suffered during the crash.
Command staff from the Berlin Barrack went to the scene of the crash to oversee the investigation, which is being conducted by the Maryland State Police Crash Team.
The brothers had reportedly been talking to their mother, who was seated in a vehicle, before stepping out into the highway and getting struck.
The fatal crash led Berlin Councilwoman Lisa Hall to again call for marked crosswalks at that Bay Street and Route 113 intersection as well as at Old Ocean City Boulevard and Route 113. Hall also wants the speed limit reduced and enforced.
Route 113, she said, is a major corridor for traveling up and down Route 113, but it also goes directly through the town of Berlin and is a major safety issue for residents.
Hall wanted remedies sooner rather than later. She want the State Highway Administration to address what she calls an unsafe situation as soon as possible.
She also said should would not vote on anything walkable/bikeable in the town until walking bridges are constructed across Route 113 at Bay Street. She also wants lights at the intersection where the fatal collision occurred and a countdown light for pedestrians at the Route 113’s intersections with Bay Street and Old Ocean City Boulevard.
“I have been asking for a countdown crosswalk for years,” she said Tuesday.