Theresa Rigby, a three-year veteran Baltimore City Police officer, was in critical but stable condition June 22, after being thrown off an elevated embankment on I-83 while tending to a car accident.

Rigby plummeted 25 to 30 feet to a concrete parking lot after a Saab slammed into the back of her cruiser, June 21. The impact propelled her over the edge from where she had been standing near a disabled vehicle.

The cause of the accident is unclear, but according to police, alcohol was not involved. Officials say they will not release the name of the Saab driver until after an investigation is complete.

Rigby underwent surgery at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center the day of the accident to have rods placed into her leg. She later underwent facial reconstructive surgery and an operation to mend her fractured pelvis, Baltimore City Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

“We are doing everything we can to support her family,” Guglielmi said during a press briefing. “She has an incredibly long recovery ahead of her and it is unclear how long she will be in the hospital.”

The 27 year old works in the Northern Police District.


Shernay Williams

Special to the AFRO