ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A Howard County police officer charged in a wrong-way collision that injured a family of four last year was found not guilty of second-degree assault and reckless driving by an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge.
However, the officer, Symchay Kon Bendu , 29, of North Laurel, was found guilty of two counts of negligent driving and has to pay a total of about $500 in fines, said Heather Stone, spokesman for the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Office.
Bendu’s case stemmed from a pair of accidents that occurred on June 8, 2013 on Route 100 in Anne Arundel County. The officer, who was on duty, collided with by a 2005 Honda Civic carrying four passengers, including two children who were critically injured.
According to police, Bendu was attempting a U-Turn on Route 100 eastbound onto what he thought was Route 100 westbound, but was Route 10 eastbound. The officer said he had gotten lost while on the job.
Howard County police said Bendu is still on administrative duty as the department is finishing up its internal investigation into the incident. The department added that they always wait for the legal system to run its course before completing the internal investigation.