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Video: Maryland Officer Hit by Suspected Drunk Driver Dies at 24

December 10, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Maryland Officer Hit by Suspected Drunk Driver Dies at 24

A Montgomery County, MD, police officer who was hit by an alleged drunk driver while working a DUI task force has died, according to police. He was 24-years-old, reports WUSA.

Officer Noah Leotta had a passion for trying to get drunk drivers off the road. He recently volunteered for the holiday DUI task force, and was working that detail the night of Dec. 3 when he stopped a car along Rockville Pike in Rockville. After he'd gotten out of his marked cruiser, a Honda CRV slammed into his car and hit him from behind, reports the Washington Post.

After six days in the hospital, Leotta succumbed to his injuries, WUSA reports. He had been with the department since 2013.

The driver of the car that hit Leotta, Luis Gustavo Reluzco of Olney, has been charged with DUI. Reluzco stayed on the scene after the accident.

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Leonard Mather @ 12/10/2015 6:30 PM

While residing in Falls Church, VA, I had written to VA officials regarding DUI after having taught at AASAP (Arlington Safety Acdtion Program. I suggested that a revision be made to the legal system where an Attorney represents the Def3endant charged with DUI appealing that his license NOT be take away but rather, allowing him to "travel to work" as needed for a living. It is these types who do the damage to others. My suggestion was to TAKE AWAY their Driving License for automobiles, and to ALLWO THEM TO DRIVE A MOTORCYCLE. The solution is self explanatory.

John retired IA PD @ 12/10/2015 7:11 PM

My thoughts and prayers to officer Leotta's family. What would be the charge if a person discharged a gun along a street or sidewalk and killed someone, even though they were not intending to hurt anyone? Isn't a vehicle considered a weapon when operated by a drunk driver?

kevCopAz @ 12/11/2015 11:04 AM

This another standard drunk killing us or a drunk illegal that should not have even been here killing us?

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