An off-duty Baltimore County police officer was killed in a motorcycle crash on Sunday, July 12, 2010. According to initial reports, Officer William E. Anderson III was riding his motorcycle on Route 165 in Harford County, shortly after 1:00 pm when his motorcycle struck the back of a stopped pick-up truck. Officer Anderson was treated at University of Maryland's Shock Trauma, but did not survive his injuries.
Officer Anderson was thirty-seven years old and was known to be a conscientious, and safe motorcyclist. Affectionately nicknamed "Flipper" by co-workers, Officer Anderson was well-liked and considered to be an excellent police officer. Officer Anderson was a fifteen year veteran and was assigned to the Business Patrol Unit at the Towson Precinct.
Officer Anderson is the second Baltimore County police officer to die in a motorcycle crash, and the third county officer killed in a vehicle crash during the past 10 months.
On October 25, 2009, forty-two year old Officer Jeffrey Neral, a seventeen year veteran, was killed while riding his motorcycle on Old Harford Road, in Carney. Officer Neral was on his way to work at the Parkville Precinct when another vehicle pulled in front of him, causing a collision.
On September 24, 2009, thirty-two year old Officer Jason Simons was killed in a single vehicle crash in northern Baltimore County. Officer Simons was a seven year veteran and was also assigned to the Towson Precinct at the time of his death.
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