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Horrific I-270 Crash Kills Two Off-Duty Law Enforcement Officers

A Germantown resident was driving the vehicle which struck and killed two off-duty law enforcement officers — one a Maryland State Fire Marshall and the other a Special Agent with the FBI — on I-270 Friday night.

According to the Maryland State Police, two off-duty law enforcement officers were killed when they were struck while standing on the shoulder of I-270 in Montgomery County at the scene of a traffic crash.

The first victim is identified as Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Sander B. Cohen, 33, of the Office of the State Fire Marshal. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The second victim is identified as Supervisory Special Agent Carlos Wolff, 36, of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was transported to Suburban Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The preliminary investigation indicates that at about 10:00 pm. Friday evening, Deputy Chief Cohen called the Maryland State Police Rockville Barrack and reported he was out with what appeared to be a single-vehicle traffic crash in the fast lane of southbound I-270, north of Gude Drive. He observed a 2002 Acura MDX SUV that was damaged and disabled in the travel portion of the highway. Deputy Chief Cohen requested assistance and blocked the approach to the damaged vehicle with his personal vehicle and activated his emergency flashers. His actions placed him in an official capacity at that time.

The driver of the damaged vehicle identified himself as Special Agent Wolff. Both men moved to the shoulder of the fast lane, where they were standing when the southbound Honda Accord approached the scene.

The investigation indicates that 2000 Honda Accord was traveling southbound, and the Accord swerved to the left, apparently to avoid the vehicles in lane one and struck both men on the shoulder. Both men were thrown over the jersey wall to the northbound side of I-270, where it appears at least one of them was struck by a 2017 Acura ILX which was traveling northbound.