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Date: Nov 13, 2018

Photo of fallen hero Officer Robert Zimmerman.Baltimore County Police Officers will be wearing mourning bands on their badges tomorrow in memory of a fallen hero.

On November 5, 1986, Officer Robert Zimmerman stopped on Edmondson Avenue to conduct a business check. As he was crossing the street, he was struck by two vehicles and critically injured. He was transported to Shock Trauma where he died nine days later from his injuries.

The 46-year-old officer had been with the Baltimore County Police Department for 18 years and was assigned to the Western Traffic Unit. During his career, he received five departmental citations and had once been named Officer of the Year by the Catonsville Optimist Club.

Police continue to investigate a fatal crash on MD 702 in Essex that occurred just before 9 p.m. Saturday night.

The preliminary investigation indicates that a Hyundai Tucson traveling westbound on MD 702 near the exit to I-695 failed to negotiate a right curve in the roadway, crossing the grass median and the eastbound travel lanes, then traveling down an embankment where it struck a tree.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as Shannon Michele Kraft (30) of the 3700 block of White Pine Road, 21220, was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where she later died. An adult male passenger was also transported to an area hospital and remains in critical but stable condition.

The Baltimore County Police Crash Team responded to the scene and is continuing the investigation.

Revised June 27, 2017