GRANTSVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 39-year-old man was struck and killed Tuesday night by a Maryland State Trooper.
The victim is identified as Lamont Scaife, 39, of the unit block of West Church Street in Orlando, Fla., police said. Scaife was transported to Western Maryland Health System Hospital in Cumberland where he was later pronounced deceased.
Preliminary investigation indicates Scaife, the driver of a disabled tractor trailer, was outside the vehicle attempted to unhook the trailer, police said. Scaife had parked at the crest of a hill at the Chestnut Ridge Road overpass on I-68 in Garrett County.
The passenger in the tractor trailer, who witnessed the incident, told police Scaife had walked back to the truck after attempting to unhook the trailer. He opened the driver's side door when a piece of paper blew out on to the travel portion of the highway. He then chased the paper, running onto Interstate 68, through the merge lane, into lane number two, and consequently into the path of the oncoming patrol car, according to police.
The trooper is identified as Trooper First Class Scott Bell, assigned to the McHenry Barrack. Bell, a 3 and 1/2 year veteran of the Maryland State Police was uninjured in the crash, according to officials.