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Teen Killed, Brother Injured After Being Struck by Md. State Police Car

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BERLIN, Md.- Maryland State Police say a 16-year-old boy was killed and his brother was serious injured after they crossed a highway into the path of a trooper's cruiser in Berlin.

Police say the trooper tried to take evasive action but couldn't avoid running into the boys. Sixteen-year-old Tymeir Dennis was taken to a hospital, where he died. His brother, Tyheym Bowen, was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment.

The accident occurred around 8 p.m. Friday on Route 113. Police say they don't know why the two brothers ran into the path of the car.

The trooper, 21-year-old Nicholas Hager, is assigned to the Berlin barrack and has been a trooper for one year. He was also taken to a hospital for treatment.

Friends and family of Tymeir described him as a leader, a respectful and kind student-athlete who was a fast and talented football player. In the aftermath of his death, communities are asking how this accident could have happened.

Darrin Gibbs is the father of Tymeir's best friend and said he looked at the young man as a son.

"I really don't have any words to describe it," he said with emotion in his voice. "He was just 16-years-old and never coming back."

Gibbs said the young teenagers would play outside of their apartment complex often with the many other children in the area. He said the entire community is finding it hard to cope.  

"Everybody out here," he said. "Act like it's still a dream. Like a dream. Like I can't believe this happened."

Maryland State Police said the investigation continues into the crash. The department has not yet determined whether speed was a factor, according to police spokesman Marc Black. Black said the driver did take "evasive action," but that it wasn't enough to avoid crashing into boys.

"When it involves one of your own," he said, referring to the ongoing investigation. "I don't want to say we are even more or less (thorough). We're going to be professional. We are going to get the job done and try to get to the truth."

Neighbors said the intersection by Route 113 and Bay Street is a dangerous one where there have been a slew of accidents over the last couple decades. Amy Williams said she had been living in Berlin for most of her life, and said she has seen countless accidents, including four deadly ones right on that section of highway.

"It's not the first accident," she said. "And I'm sure it won't be the last. So many people cross the highway and some don't look and just dart across. They go against the red light. And then we have a lot of red light runners so even if we have the green light, we're still not safe."

Police said they will not know what caused the accident until the investigation is finished. At that time, they said they would consider what changes, if any should be made.

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