Trooper injured trying to stop wrong-way driver; three vehicles hit before driver crashes




A State Police trooper and two motorists were injured late Tuesday when a suspected drunk driver traveled the wrong way on Interstate 91 in Longmeadow, smashing into three vehicles before finally crashing his own vehicle, State Police said.

The name of the trooper was not released, but State Police spokesman David Procopio wrote in an e-mail that he was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, where he was treated and released for minor injuries following the 10 p.m. incident.

A 33-year-old Florida resident who was a passenger in a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and a 22-year-old Enfield, Conn., woman who was driving a 2011 Toyota Corolla suffered incapacitating but non-life-threatening injuries and were also taken to Baystate Medical Center, Procopio wrote.

The trooper’s 2013 Ford Interceptor, a marked cruiser, was heavily damaged, he wrote.

According to Procopio, the incident began when the suspected drunk driver — a West Springfield man now identified as Yevgeniy Y. Rudenko — was driving into Longmeadow on I-91 from Connecticut. While operating a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado, the 31-year-old Rudenko was driving north in the southbound lanes and State Police were alerted by passing motorists.

The trooper who “was on patrol around Mile Marker 3 quickly located the wrong way driver coming toward him. The suspect was in the breakdown lane,’’ Procopio wrote. “The Trooper positioned his cruiser in front of the wrong-way operator in an attempt to stop him and prevent injury to other motorists.”

Instead of stopping, however, the driver smashed into the cruiser and continued driving north in the southbound lanes, Procopio wrote. Soon after, the driver hit the Tahoe and Camry — and then flipped over when it crashed on the Longmeadow/Springfield line, Procopio wrote.

“The suspect was not injured when he crashed. He was taken out of his vehicle and Troopers observed obvious signs of impairment,’’ Procopio wrote. He was taken to the State Police barracks in Springfield for booking on multiple charges.

The southbound lanes were closed until about midnight for the investigation and debris cleanup.

Rudenko faces multiple charges, including operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, state highway wrong-way violation, possession of an open container of alcohol while driving, marked lanes violation, and speeding.

He was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Springfield District Court.

John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.

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Trooper injured trying to stop wrong-way driver; three vehicles hit before driver crashes




A State Police trooper and two motorists were injured late Tuesday when a suspected drunk driver traveled the wrong way on Interstate 91 in Longmeadow, smashing into three vehicles before finally crashing his own vehicle, State Police said.

The name of the trooper was not released, but State Police spokesman David Procopio wrote in an e-mail that he was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, where he was treated and released for minor injuries following the 10 p.m. incident.

A 33-year-old Florida resident who was a passenger in a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and a 22-year-old Enfield, Conn., woman who was driving a 2011 Toyota Corolla suffered incapacitating but non-life-threatening injuries and were also sent to Baystate Medical Center, Procopio wrote.

The trooper’s 2013 Ford Interceptor, a marked cruiser, was heavily damaged, he wrote.

According to Procopio, the incident began when the suspected drunk driver — a West Springfield man now identified as Yevgeniy Y. Rudenko — was driving into Longmeadow on I-91 from Connecticut. While operating a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado, the 31-year-old Rudenko was driving north in the southbound lanes and State Police were alerted by passing motorists.

The trooper who “was on patrol around Mile Marker 3 quickly located the wrong way driver coming toward him. The suspect was in the breakdown lane,’’ Procopio wrote. “The Trooper positioned his cruiser in front of the wrong-way operator in an attempt to stop him and prevent injury to other motorists.”

Instead of stopping, however, the driver smashed into the cruiser and continued driving north in the southbound lanes, Procopio wrote. Soon after, the driver hit the Tahoe and Camry — and then flipped over when it crashed on the Longmeadow/Springfield line, Procopio wrote.

“The suspect was not injured when he crashed. He was taken out of his vehicle and Troopers observed obvious signs of impairment,’’ Procopio wrote. He was taken to the State Police barracks in Springfield for booking on multiple charges.

The southbound lanes were closed until about midnight for the investigation and debris clean-up.

Rudenko faces multiple charges, including operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, state highway wrong way violation, possession of an open container of alcohol while driving, marked lanes violation, and speeding.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Springfield District Court.

John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.

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MDOT Demonstrates ‘Move Over’ Law

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Every day, thousands of emergency responders put their lives on the line to save others. While the rapid response is crucial, several workers have died over the years in the line of duty.

More than 500 people die in traffic crashes every year in Maryland. Dozens of emergency responders have been killed or injured along Maryland roadways.

Back in 2013, it was State Trooper Jacqueline Kline who was assisting on a traffic stop along Route 100 when she was hit by a car.

Her body was thrown into a ditch, leaving her with a brain injury. The driver was in violation of the “Move Over” law.

In 2014, another Maryland state trooper was nearly killed on the side of the road.

The “Move Over” law provides protection for law enforcement and emergency workers, requiring drivers to slow down or move over for flashing lights.

On Tuesday, the Maryland Department of Transportation shed light on the law, even putting on a mock accident to show how much room responders need to do their job.

“My husband was struck and killed while on the side of Route 100, he was a tow truck operator for Ted’s Towing,” said Jenna Schreiber.

The driver who killed Schreiber’s husband was never found.

Since then, the “Move Over” law has become her passion.

“Our children were one and three when he was killed, they’re missing out, that person stole something from us,” Schreiber said.

Tuesday’s event was part of National Traffic Incident Management Awareness Week. Violators of the “Move Over” law that causes deadly or serious accidents could face up to $750 and three points on their license.

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15-year-old girl on bike fatally struck by car in Pembroke Pines – WPLG


PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – A 15-year-old girl from Pembroke Pines was riding her bicycle Monday when she was fatally struck by a car, authorities said.

The girl was identified as Cassie Torres.

According to Pembroke Pines police, Torres was riding her bike east on the sidewalk on the south side of Taft Street shortly after 5 p.m. and turned left on Northwest 125th Avenue, where she proceeded to cross northbound.


Authorities said Amanda Hernandez, 53, also of Pembroke Pines, was driving west on Taft Street in her silver Mercedes-Benz C230, approaching 125th Avenue.

As the car traveled through the intersection, the teen rode her bike into its path and was struck, police said.

“I know she was in the street, so she wasn’t riding where she should have, in the bike trail, and she wasn’t wearing a helmet. But still, it was a holiday and it’s a 35 (mph) speed limit, so it must have been a really hard crash,” Andrea Jurgenson, who drove by the crash scene, told Local 10 News. 

Authorities said Hernandez remained at the scene and cooperated with detectives. 

Pembroke Pines firefighters took Torres to Memorial Regional Hospital, where she died just after 6:30 p.m.


Torres’ uncle told Local 10 News reporter Sanela Sabovic that his niece had just celebrated her quinceanera two months ago.

“I miss her so much. I miss her so much,” Robert Zvigelsky said.  

Zvigelsky said his niece was a student at Charles W. Flanagan High School and was riding her bike to Starbucks with a friend since they were off from school Monday. 

He said Torres was a big Disney fans and loved her three dogs. 

“She loved everybody. She was a good person, sweet person,” Zvigelsky said. 

No charges have been filed in the incident. Traffic homicide detectives are still investigating the crash.

“It’s just like a bad dream and you just want to slap yourself to wake up,” Zvigelsky said. 

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Pineville police officer hit by car while directing traffic

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A police officer was recovering after being hit by a car in Pineville on Monday night.

It happened just before 6 p.m. at 14115 Lancaster Highway. while Officer S. Stewart was directing traffic, investigators said.

“Officer Stewart was wearing a bright orange–high visibility uniform jacket at the time of the incident and had his marked patrol car present on the side of the road with its blue lights on,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said.

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It was also raining at the time of the accident.

The victim was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries. The driver who hit Officer Stewart remained on scene and was not charged in the case.

Stewart is a 15-year veteran of the Pineville Police Department.

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Pineville police officer hit by car while directing traffic

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A police officer was recovering after being hit by a car in Pineville on Monday night.

It happened just before 6 p.m. at 14115 Lancaster Highway. while Officer S. Stewart was directing traffic, investigators said.

“Officer Stewart was wearing a bright orange–high visibility uniform jacket at the time of the incident and had his marked patrol car present on the side of the road with its blue lights on,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said.

RELATED: Assistant fire chief hit, killed while directing traffic in Lancaster County

It was also raining at the time of the accident.

The victim was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries. The driver who hit Officer Stewart remained on scene and was not charged in the case.

Stewart is a 15-year veteran of the Pineville Police Department.

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Police: Bicyclist struck by car in Haines City

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Police: Bicyclist struck by car in Haines City Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

HAINES CITY, Fla. (WFLA) – Haines City police say a bicyclist was hospitalized after being struck by a car on Sunday.

The incident occurred in the 2000 block of E. Hinson Ave. at about 12:30 p.m.

Police said a person on a bicycle pulled out in front of the car, which then stopped. 

The bicyclist suffered head trauma and was airlifted to an area hospital. 

Further details were not immediately available. 

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