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Iraina Curtis killed by Maryland State Trooper in Queen Anne's County

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A Maryland State Trooper killed a Delaware pedestrian Friday night when the victim stepped in front of the patrol car in Queen Anne’s County, authorities said.

The victim, Iraina Curtis, 29, of Dover, was declared dead at the scene.

The trooper, 24-year-old Travis Nelson, has been with the Maryland State Police for six years. He is assigned to the road patrol at Centreville Barrack.

Nelson sustained minor injuries that didn’t require treatment. Also in the trooper’s vehicle at the time of the incident was Jacolby Bruno, 24, who was conducting a ride-along with Nelson.

Authorities said Nelson didn’t have his lights or sirens on at the time of the incident. His speed isn’t known.

Nelson was heading to a burglary in progress call in Stevensville at about 9 p.m. Friday. Nelson was westbound on Route 50 and was taking an access ramp to Shopping Center Drive in Stevensville.

A 20-year-old man with Curtis told authorities that he and Curtis were sitting on a wall along Shopping Center Drive waiting for a ride. Curtis left the wall and stepped into the road just as the trooper was driving down the road, authorities said.

Authorities said Nelson was heading to a burglary in progress call in Stevensville at about 9 p.m. Friday. Nelson was westbound on Route 50 and was taking an access ramp to Shopping Center Drive in Stevensville.

A 20-year-old man with Curtis told authorities that he and Curtis were sitting on a wall along Shopping Center Drive waiting for a ride. Curtis left the wall and stepped into the road just as the trooper was driving down the road, authorities said.

She was struck by the vehicle’s driver’s side front bumper.

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