Man on scooter dead after being struck by unmarked police cruiser in Wheaton

Photo of motor scooter pinned under Montgomery County Police cruiser late Wednesday night in Wheaton, Md.  Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 (ABC7 photo)

A man driving a motor scooter was rushed to the hospital late Wednesday night where he later died. Police say they are still trying to gather facts.

This was a violent collision on Veirs Mill Road. Montgomery County Police said Loreto Andal Canubas, 74, was leaving a neighborhood here on Monterey Drive, turned on the southbound lanes of Veirs Mill Road and was struck by an unmarked police vehicle.

Police say the officer involved in the accident was identified Thursday as Robert Farmer. Farmer has been with the department for nearly nine years and is assigned to the Police Community Action Team (PCAT).

"The officer stopped his cruiser and did immediately jump out... rendered first aid as he called for assistance," said Montgomery County Police Captain Paul Starks.

A blue motor scooter was pinned up against the front of the officer's car, and there was extensive front end damage to the black unmarked vehicle.

Items from a backpack were strewn all over the road. A cause of the collision is still unknown at this, but ABC7 News learned the motor scooter was unlicensed, so no tags and no lights.

It's also unclear if the officer was on duty or on call. The officer immediately jumped out of the vehicle and provided aid to Canubas before paramedics arrived.

The officer is on routine administrative leave while the investigation continues, according to police.

This story has been updated, Thursday, September 7, 2017

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