GLEN BURNIE, Md. - A Howard County police officer involved faces multiple assault and traffic violations in connection with an accident in Anne Arundel County that left two children critically injured.
Symchay Kon Bendu, 28, a four-year member of the department, was charged with four counts of second-degree assault, two counts of negligent driving and one count of reckless driving in connection with the June 8 accident. That crash led to two girls, ages 4 and 11, being sent to Johns Hopkins Children Center with life-threatening injuries.
Bendu, of the 11000 block of Scaggsville Road, was officially charged on Aug. 12 and is scheduled to have an initial court appearance on Sept. 9, according to online court records.
According to Anne Arundel County police, the crash happened around 4:17 p.m. June 8 at the merge of Route 100 East and Route 10 South in Glen Burnie. A preliminary investigation found Bendu was lost and making an illegal U-turn on Route 100 when he pulled directly into the path of a Honda traveling in the fast lane of Route 10 South.
Both the driver of the Honda, identified as Jamie Marie Butler, 31, of Brooklyn Park and her passenger Charlie Norfolk, 34 also of Brooklyn Park were taken to Johns Hopkins Trauma Center with non-life threatening injuries.
Howard County police would not comment on the investigation specifically, but confirmed that Bendu will remain on administrative duty, where he has been since the crash, at least until the case is adjudicated.
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