ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Montgomery County police officer who was hit by an alleged drunk driver after a traffic stop has died, according to police. He was 24-years-old.
Officer Noah Leotta was gravely injured after he was hit on December 3 along Rockville Pike. Since the accident, he had been in critical condition at Suburban Hospital.
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After six days in the hospital, Leotta succumbed to his injuries.
The driver of the car that hit Leotta, Luis Gustavo Reluzco of Olney, has been charged with DUI. Reluzco stayed on the scene after the accident.
The Montgomery County Police Department is grieving the loss of Loetta who had been with the department since 2013.
"He arrives at work early every day with a smile on his face as though he can't wait to start the day. His enthusiasm for the job is unwavering and infectious." His supervisor said. "He is humble and selfless and never seeks any recognition for himself. Officer Leotta is always willing to help out fellow officers in any way he can."
"Noah loved his job and demonstrated a level of enthusiasm that drove a work ethic and professionalism that we can all aspire to,"Chief J. Thomas Manger said. "These qualities made him the man and the police officer that he was."
Leotta grew up in Montgomery County, was a Sherwood High School graduate and attended Montgomery College.
A police procession will be held between 2 and 3 p.m. The procession will pass by the Wheaton Police station located at 2300 Randolph Road. Chief J. Thomas Manager will speak after the procession has passed.
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