Woman Struck by Sheriff's Patrol Car Declared Accidental

- WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - An accident where a Washington County Sheriff's Deputy struck a woman along the Dual Highway in April, has been declared accidental and no charges will be brought against the deputy, officials say. 

As we've reported, Deputy First Class Bryan Teets was driving along the Dual Highway around 3:36 a.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014 when he told officials he struck something that he thought was a deer. DFC Teets notified the Emergency Communications Center that he had struck a deer. He then made a u-turn, returning to the area. 

According to officials, DFC Teets saw that it was a woman lying along the right shoulder of the roadway at the access driveway of the Cumberland Valley Decorating Center. The deputy notified ECC of the struck female pedestrian and asked for an ambulance to respond. Emergency crews arrived and transported the woman to Meritus Medical Center, where she later died. 

The accident was investigated by the Washington County Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstruction Team and Criminal Investigators from the Sheriff's Office. It was determined the woman, Lindsay Cyndle Eldessoky, was with a female friend during the evening of Wednesday, April 2 into the early morning hours of Thursday. 

Police say Eldessoky had been drinking during this time period and medical records from Meritus Medical Center indicate she had a .19 Blood Alcohol Content. They say Eldessoky walked from her friend's house located on Corbett Street, and was on her way home to Peacock Trail. Officials say Eldessoky left her friend's house around 2 a.m., despite efforts to get her to go home in a cab. 

Accident reconstruction conducted by officials determined DFC's Teets vehicle collided with Eldessoky in the eastbound lanes of Dual Highway, about 22.5 feet west of the intersection of Cornell Avenue. Officials say Eldessoky was located in the right half of the second lane of the Dual Highway, facing northeast.

Further investigation revealed DFC Teets was traveling between 47 to 50 mph. Officials say because Eldessoky was wearing dark clothing at the time of the accident, the lack of lighting on the roadway, and because she was in the travel portion of the eastbound lanes, DFC Teets would not have been able to prevent the accident. 

Officials say the entire investigation was reviewed by the Maryland State Police Crash Team and the Washington County State's Attorney's Office, both of which concurred with the findings of this investigation. They say Washington County State's Attorney Charles Strong sent a letter to Sheriff Doug Mullendore stating he would not be seeking any charges against DFC Bryan Teets. 

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