Md. trooper saves leg amputee at crash site

WASHINGTON — A Maryland state trooper is getting praise for his lifesaving actions after he helped a driver with potentially fatal injuries survive.

The trooper, Quincy Pinkney, was nearby when the call of an accident came in at 2:30 a.m. last Tuesday. Pinkney arrived to find that the 24-year-old driver had gotten out to try and fix his broken-down car when he was hit by another driver.

The impact had amputated the driver’s leg, said Lt. Prende Garcia of the Maryland State Police College Park Barrack.

“Immediately, once he saw the injuries, he ordered the other driver to give him his belt. And with the belt, he ended up making tourniquet to stop the bleeding,” Lt. Garcia said of the trooper’s actions.

After paramedics arrived, they rushed the man to the hospital where doctors told Trooper Pinkney his actions likely saved the man’s life.

“Luckily he was in the area — there on northbound 95 just prior to Route 200, the ICC,” Lt. Garcia added.

Lt. Garcia also said Pinkney’s quick thinking is an example of how training for any possibility pays off.

Megan Cloherty

WTOP Investigative Reporter Megan Cloherty primarily covers breaking news, crime and courts.

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