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UPDATE: Police Release Name of Officer Driving Cruiser that Struck Pedestrian

A man in Gaithersburg was reportedly struck by a Montgomery County Police cruiser Tuesday night.

A man in Gaithersburg was reportedly struck by a Montgomery County Police cruiser Tuesday night. File|Patch
A man in Gaithersburg was reportedly struck by a Montgomery County Police cruiser Tuesday night. File|Patch

Updated at 5 p.m.

A 61-year-old pedestrian remained in critical condition Wednesday after he was struck by a Montgomery County police car in Gaithersburg on the way to a call.

Montgomery County Police Officer Drew Soldano was responding to a call for domestic violence at 10:54 p.m. Tuesday. As he was driving on Chestnut Street approaching East Diamond Avenue, he struck a man in the roadway.

The pedestrian has been identified as Otto Reed of Water Street in Gaithersburg.

Police said Soldano immediately stopped, notified authorities via radio, and began rendering aid. Other Montgomery County and Gaithersburg officers responded, along with fire/rescue personnel. The 61-year-old African-American male pedestrian was taken to a local hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

Preliminary investigation indicates that Soldano was responding with the vehicle’s lights and siren activated and Reed was not within the crosswalk when the collision occurred. The vehicle’s air bag was not deployed as a result of the collision, and Soldano was not injured in the crash.

Other factors surrounding the collision -- such as vehicle speed and the traffic signal cycle -- remain under investigation.

Soldano is a seven-year veteran of the department currently assigned to the 6th District patrol division. Following protocol, Soldano is on paid, administrative leave.

The circumstances surrounding this collision remain under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240.773.6620 or call the police non-emergency number at 301.279.8000. Callers may remain anonymous.

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