Montgomery high school student struck by police cruiser

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Local,Maryland,Crime,Ben Giles

Update 3:25 p.m.: A 15-year-old Montgomery County girl remains in critical condition Saturday afternoon after she was struck by a Montgomery County police cruiser on Friday evening.

Cpl. Raymond Bennett was driving the marked police cruiser with emergency lights activated when the girl stepped onto the road and was struck. An 18-year veteran of the Montgomery County Police Department, Bennett has been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation of the collison. Three other officers who helped provide emergency care for the Watkins Mill High School student were also placed on paid administrative leave, according to police.

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A police cruiser struck a 15-year-old Montgomery County girl on Friday night as officers responded to reports of fights at Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg.

Authorities said multiple fights broke out near the school following a football game against Clarksburg High School at approximately 9:14 p.m. As two police cruisers turned onto Apple Ridge Road on their way to provide assistance with the fights, the 15-year-old Watkins Mill student stepped in between the cruisers -- which police said had their emergency lights activated -- and was struck by the second vehicle.

The girl was transported to a local hospital, where police said she is conscious and speaking with medical personnel.

The officer involved in the collision has been placed on paid administrative leave.

The Montgomery County police's Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating the collision. Anyone who witnessed the girl being struck is asked to call investigators at 301-840-2435.

bgiles@washingtonexaminer.com

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