A Maryland state trooper is being commended for his quick actions that contributed to saving the life of a man whose leg was amputated when he was struck while standing behind his disabled vehicle along I-95 in Prince George’s County last week.
At about 2:30 a.m. on June 21, 2016, Trooper Quincy Pinkney of the College Park Barrack was dispatched to a personal injury crash along the left shoulder of the ramp from northbound I-95 to Rt. 200, the ICC. The subsequent investigation determined a 24-year-old man from Oxon Hill, Md., had been standing behind his 2000 BMW attempting to repair it after the car had become disabled. The driver of a 2004 Oldsmobile, a 29-year-old man from Silver Spring, Md., was traveling from northbound I-95 onto the ICC when he apparently fell asleep and struck the disabled vehicle driver and his car.
When Trooper Pinkney arrived, he found the impact had amputated the leg of the man who had been standing outside his car. Knowing the life-threatening potential of that type of injury, Trooper Pinkney took immediate action. He directed the driver of the striking vehicle to give him his belt. Trooper Pinkney used the belt to apply a tourniquet to the victim’s injured leg to slow the blood loss.
When EMS personnel arrived, the victim was transported to Prince George’s Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition. Paramedics told State Police the man would likely have died at the scene if Trooper Pinkney had not reacted quickly and effectively applied the tourniquet.
Trooper Pinkney’s barrack commander will be recommending him for the Maryland State Police Lifesaving Award. Trooper Pinkney is assigned to road patrol duties at the College Park Barrack.
Whether a crash, a traffic stop, or response to a crime, Maryland state troopers train diligently to be ready to handle any situation. They take pride in being ‘ever vigilant – always prepared.’