Off-duty police officer arrested for a DUI after fatally hitting two pedestrians, investigators say

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May 4 2021, Updated 2:31 p.m. ET

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An off-duty police officer was arrested on DUI-related offenses after hitting and killing two pedestrians as he drove his motorcycle in Baltimore, according to investigators.

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Around 2 a.m. on May 2, a Subaru Legacy was traveling south and struck a pedestrian trying to cross the street. After the crash occurred, the driver came to a stop, according to Baltimore County police.

Shortly after, a driver passing the site of the crash saw the pedestrian in the roadway and stopped.

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As she walked onto the road to assist the injured pedestrian, she was hit and killed by a passing motorcyclist, who who also hit the pedestrian already in the road, according to WBAL 11.

Both pedestrians were pronounced dead at the scene. They have been identified as Joshua Day, 34, and Berlynn Matthews, 21.

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The motorcycle was driven by William Collazo-Brown, 24, an off-duty Baltimore County police officer.

Collazo-Brown was arrested and charged with DUI-related offenses, and his police powers are currently suspended. He has been a member of the Baltimore County Police Department since June 2019.

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Police say that no charges have been filed against the first driver involved in the crash, according to WBAL 11.

"It was a real horrific situation because the parents were there,” Larry Stone, a neighbor near the site of the crash, told WBAL 11. “When I got there, the parents came and they were crying. The father was in shock, and the neighborhood—those who knew what was going on—came out to wish them well because nobody wants that to happen to their child.”

This case remains under investigation by the Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office, the Baltimore County Police Crash Team and the Baltimore County Police Department's Bureau of Professional Standards/Internal Affairs.


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