Driver Charged With Move Over Law Violation After Hitting Trooper’s Car On I-695

ESSEX, Md. (WJZ) — A Maryland state trooper is recovering after being involved in a crash on the Baltimore Beltway.

The trooper is identified as Trooper First Class Christopher Hall, 28, a 10-year veteran assigned to the Golden Ring Barrack. Hall was injured by the impact and taken to Shock Trauma with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the 2000 Dodge Stratus is identified as Vicente Lopez-Calixto, 63. Lopez-Calixto refused medical treatment at the scene.

Preliminary investigation indicates that shortly before 6:30 a.m. Monday, Hall was investigating a crash on the Outer Loop of Interstate 695 in the area of Maryland Route 702 in Essex.

His marked Maryland State Police patrol unit was stopped with its emergency equipment activated in the left lane. Hall was sitting in his vehicle waiting for the scene to be cleared when authorities say the Dodge Stratus struck his vehicle in the right rear.

Lopez-Calixto has been charged for violating the Move Over Law and for failing to control the speed of his vehicle to avoid a collision.  There is no evidence of alcohol or any substance that would have contributed to this collision.

The Outer Loop of I-695 was closed at MD-702 (Exit 36) for several hours Monday morning due to the crash. Drivers were detoured onto MD-702.

The investigation is ongoing.

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