Traffic charge filed in crash that killed FBI agent, Deputy Fire Marshal


A driver involved in a crash that killed an FBI agent and a Deputy Fire Marshal in 2017 has been charged with negligent driving. The accident occurred in Montgomery County in December.

State police said Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Sander Cohen, 33, called the Rockville barrack around 10 p.m. on December 8th to report a single-vehicle crash in the fast lane of southbound I-270 near Gude Drive.

Cohen blocked the crash scene with his personal vehicle and activated his emergency flashers.

The driver of the damaged car was FBI Supervisory Special Agent Carlos Wolff, 36.

Both men moved to stand in the shoulder while waiting for assistance to arrive, state police said.

A preliminary investigation revealed a Honda Accord swerved to the left, apparently to avoid the stopped vehicles, and struck both men on the shoulder of the highway.

Both men were thrown over the jersey wall onto the northbound side of I-270, where one of them was struck by an Acura ILX.

Cohen was pronounced dead at the scene. Wolff was taken to Suburban Hospital, where he died shortly after arrival.

Police say their investigation showed that neither alcohol, drugs nor speed were factors; both drivers remained on scene.

The driver of the Honda Accord was later identified as 28-year-old Roberto A. Garza Palacios of Germantown, Md. The Negligent Driving charge requires a penalty of $280 and three points.  

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