P/O George D. Hart
Police Officer George D. Hart
On this day in Baltimore Police History 2 Jan 1925 we lost our brother Police Officer George D. Hart - Officer Hart died from injuries received when his motorcycle and a car collided at University Parkway and Charles Street on November 16, 1924. Officer Hart, who was married, died of his injuries on January 2, 1925. Officer Hart entered the department on March 27, 1924 We his brothers and sisters of the Baltimore Police department will not let him be forgotten, as we take this time to remember him and thank him for his service and sacrifice.
On this day in Baltimore Police History 2 Jan 1925 we lost our brother Police Officer George D Hart to a motor vehicle accident based on the following:
Patrolman George D Hart of the Northern District was struck by automobile and injured seriously while on his motorcycle and crossing Charles Street at University Parkway. He was taken to Union Memorial Hospital where he was to be treated for multiple injuries to include a fractured skull, broken leg, and numerous internal injuries. His chances for survival were not good. The driver of the striking vehicle was Harry W. Rogers Jr., he was arrested at the scene and charged with, failing to give the right away to Pedestrian, and assaulting Officer Hart. He would later be released pending the outcome of Officer Hart’s medical treatment, (they were already contemplating the possibility of manslaughter charges and with the risk of over or under charging). The suspect, Rogers said, “A streetcar blocked his view preventing him from seeing Officer Hart, until it was too late, and he was right up on him.” - On 2 January 1925 Patrolman George D Hart died from the injuries received in the 16 November accident.
Officer George D. Hart was with the Baltimore Police Department for 6 months and was the first officer to die in the line of duty as the result of a motorcycle accident.
The following are excerpts from newspaper reports from 1924/1925
PATROLMAN RUN DOWN - 17 November 1924
Patrolman is Hurt Seriously when Struck by Machine
The Sun Paper wrote - Patrolman George D Hart, of the Northern District, was struck by an automobile and seriously injured while crossing Charles Street at University Parkway. He was taken to union Memorial hospital, where he was said to have suffered a broken leg and internal injuries.
The Suspect in this case Harry W. Rogers Jr, was arrested and charged with failing to give the right away to a pedestrian and with assaulting Officer Hart. Rodgers said the streetcar prevented him from seeing Officer Hart until it was too late.
The next time we would hear of this would be almost 46 days later when the Sun Papers would repost the following:
PATROLMAN DIES OF INJURIES - 2 January 1925
GEORGE D HART PATROLMAN DIES OF INJURIES
George D Hart was Hurt November 16, 1925 in a Traffic Accident
Patrolman George D Hart of Baltimore's Northern District died early this morning (2 Jan 1925) at union Memorial Hospital from the injuries received on 16 November 1924 after his motorcycle collided with an automobile at University Parkway and Charles Street. That Automobile was being operated by Henry Rogers, Jr. Mr. Rodgers would be arrested at the time, but was the later released pending the outcome of Patrolman Hart's injuries. Officer Hart received a fractured skull, and numerous internal and external injuries in the collision. The suspect in this case, Mr. Rogers lives in the Carolina apartments
As his brother and sister members of the Baltimore Police Department we will not let him be forgotten, For his service honored the City of Baltimore, and the Baltimore Police Department. May he rest in peace, and may God bless him.
|End of Watch||2 January, 1925|
|City, St.||Charles Street at University Parkway|
|Panel Number||19-E: 1|
|Cause of Death||Auto Accident|
|District Worked||Tactical Section|
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