Montgomery County prosecutors found there was not enough to charge Roberto Garza Palacios, 28, of Germantown with anything more than a traffic violation. Garza Palacios was cited for negligent driving and fined $280, which he paid on June 25, according to court records.
GAITHERBURG, Md. — Criminal charges will not be filled against the man who killed an FBI agent and a deputy state fire marshal on Interstate 270 in December 2017.
The decision comes after prosecutors in Montgomery County found there was not enough to charge Roberto Garza Palacios, 28, of Germantown with anything more than a traffic violation.
“This is just a really, really nasty accident,” said Garza Palacios’ attorney Asim Humayun.
On Dec. 8, FBI agent Carlos Wolff and Deputy State Fire Marshal Sander Cohen were struck by a car driven by Garza Palacios as they stood in the left shoulder lane of I-270, next to a concrete median wall.
Cohen had stopped to help Wolff after his car had become disabled, according to police.
Humayun said his client swerved into the shoulder to avoid striking the stopped vehicle that Wolff and Cohen were standing beside.
“He didn’t even know he had hit anybody initially, because his air bags deployed as soon as he hit the median,” Humayun said.