(WJLA) - A deadly crash between a car and a motorcycle near Mitchellville Plaza in Prince George's County Thursday took the life of a beloved local firefighter.
Garrett A. Greene, 24, was killed Thursday afternoon when his motorcycle collided with a car.
According to Maryland State police, a preliminary investigation indicated that the driver of a gold Ford Fusion attempted to make a left onto westbound Route 214 and crossed directly in front of Greene's Kawaski motorcycle, which was traveling eastbound.
Police said Greene was unable to avoid the Ford and collided into the side of the car in a "T-bone collision."
"The force of the impact overturned the Ford, trapping the driver inside, and the Ford landed on top of the motorcycle and operator," police said in a statement.
The operator of the Ford was extricated and transported with non-life-threatening injuries.
Greene was pronounced dead at the scene.
Greene was a career firefighter for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) and a volunteer firefighter in Kentland in Prince George's County.
At Station 33 on Friday, what may look like a normal day is not at all.
With no experience and no training, Greene showed up at the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department with the ultimate goal of becoming a full-time firefighter in Montgomery County. He reached that goal, and worked with the department for two years.
On Friday in Aspen Hill, a black bunting drapes the doors of Station 25. Greene's helmet was placed on the front of the engine he would have been on during his shift, and black tape covers the department's logo. Back in Landover, the flag is at half-staff.
Greene's colleagues and friends now feel an emptiness, and will continue to miss his smile.
"The sudden loss of a young life is tragic," said Mark Brady of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department.
Representatives of the Kentland and Montgomery County departments also released statements of condolences, and said they are offering their support to Greene's family today.
"He was respected and well liked," said Pete Piringer of the MCFRS.
Grief counselors were also being made available to members of the fire stations where Greene worked.
Greene is survived by an 11-month-old son.