Reporting Meghan McCorkell
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A promising young state trooper is fighting for her life. Jacqueline Kline was hit by a car while trying to help another trooper with a traffic stop.
Now her family is speaking out.
Meghan McCorkell has more on the case and her recovery.
The state trooper is still in critical condition at Shock Trauma with a brain injury. Her family says it will be a long road to recovery.
Fighting to survive. State Trooper Jacqueline Kline remains in a hospital bed surrounded by her family.
“She’s becoming more awake. They’re taking away the sedation,” her mother, Amy Reed, said.
Kline was assisting on a traffic stop on Route 100 early Sunday morning when she was hit by a car. Her body was thrown through the back windshield of a cruiser and into a ditch.
Kline suffered a brain injury, but her mother says she’s slowly making progress.
“At first, it was just when she would wiggle her toes or put her thumbs up,” said Reed.
Investigators say the driver who hit Kline was in violation of Maryland’s “Move Over” law, requiring cars to switch lanes away from emergency workers on the side of the road.
The “Move Over” law was enacted in 2010 to provide an extra safety barrier for officers.
“That’s certainly a tragic example of what can happen when vehicles gets too close to our officers out there,” said Greg Shipley, Maryland State Police.
A superstar in her barracks, in February, Trooper Kline chased a stabbing suspect for 14 miles. When he crashed and jumped out of the car, she chased him down on foot.
Next week, she’ll be named “Anne Arundel County Top Cop” for her heroism.
“Hopefully, this is going to be one of the things that we’re going to be showing her when she wakes up,” her mother said.
Motivation for her recovery so she can get back on the job she loves.
Charges are pending against the driver that hit Kline, as the state police investigation continues.
A violation of the “Move Over” law that results in serious injury can lead to a $750 fine and three points on your license.
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