A Maryland state trooper responding to a crime in progress call
last night struck and killed a Delaware woman who apparently
stepped into the path of the oncoming patrol car on an access
ramp in Queen Anne’s County.
The victim is identified as Iraina J. Curtis, 29, of Dover, Delaware.
Fire department emergency medical personnel pronounced her
dead at the scene.
The trooper involved is identified as Trooper First Class Travis
Nelson, 24, who has been a member of the Maryland State Police
for six years. TFC Nelson is assigned to road patrol duties at the
Centreville Barrack. He sustained minor injuries and did not require
There was a passenger with TFC Nelson last night who is identified as
Jacolby Bruno, 24. He was involved in a ride along with
TFC Nelson. Bruno sustained minor injuries and did not
require medical treatment.
The preliminary investigation indicates that just before 9:00 p.m.
yesterday, TFC Nelson was responding to assist the Queen Anne’s
County Sheriff’s Office with a call for a burglary in progress in the
100-block of North Lake Drive in Stevensville. TFC Nelson was westbound
on Rt. 50 and took the access ramp to westbound Shopping Center
Drive in Stevensville.
Jerome Wheeler, 20, of Magnolla, Delaware, was with Curtis last night.
He told investigators that he and Curtis were sitting on the jersey wall
along Shopping Center Drive waiting for a ride. He said Curtis asked
to use his cell phone and when he gave it to her, she stood up and
moved off the jersey wall.
The preliminary investigation indicates at that point Curtis apparently
stepped into the travel portion of the roadway as the trooper drove
down the access ramp on Shopping Center Drive. Curtis was wearing
a black tshirt and blue jeans. She was struck by the driver’s side front
bumper on the marked Maryland State Police patrol car.
The preliminary investigation indicates the trooper did not have his
emergency lights or siren activated when the crash occurred. The
speed of the patrol car at the time of the crash is not known at this time.
The investigation is continuing by members of the Maryland State
Police CRASH Team, who are conducting a detailed reconstruction
of the crash. The completed investigation will be presented to the
Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney’s Office for review.