'Exemplary' trooper struck at traffic stop

Officer in critical condition at Shock Trauma

PASADENA, Md. - A Maryland State Trooper is in critical condition after being hit by a car during a traffic stop Sunday morning.

Authorities say Trooper Jacqueline A. Kline, was assisting a K-9 trooper conducting a field sobriety test on the shoulder of eastbound Rt. 100  when she was hit.

An investigation indicates around 1 a.m.. Trooper Kline was getting out of her patrol car when was struck by a Nissan trying to exit at Catherine Avenue.

"I got the call around 1:00 this morning," says Lt. Wes Lutz, Trooper Kline's commander. "I couldn't believe it. No commander wants to hear that, that they're trooper was involved in an accident. My first thought was get dressed and get down here."

Fellow troopers, family, and friends visited the 24-year-old at Shock Trauma all day Sunday.

"I had to be here for her," says Kline's boyfriend, Mark Massoni, also a state trooper. "I had to be by her side. And that's what I'll continue to do until the day she walks out of here."

Massoni and many others at the hospital say Kline is already one of the best.

"Jackie is an exemplary trooper," he says. "A wonderful person, just as strong as can be. She's an all around great girl. The kind of girl that every guy looks for."

Kline hit the hood of the car and was thrown into the back of the State police K-9 car where she smashed into the back windshield and the K-9 cage inside the car. She then fell off the police car and landed in a ditch on the shoulder. The officer suffered a broken arm and head injuries and was airlifted to Shock Trauma where she is listed in critical condition.

The driver of the Nissan stayed at the scene. Troopers administered field sobriety tests and found no evidence that he was driving under the influence.  He was apparently returning home after work. 

The driver originally stopped by the K-9 trooper was found not to be operating under the influence.  He was issued a warning for speeding. 

Trooper Kline is assigned to the Glen Burnie Barrack. She graduated from the Maryland State Police Academy in July 2012.

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