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A Maryland state trooper hit and killed a pedestrian in Ocean City on Friday night, police say.

This is the second law-enforcement officer to strike a pedestrian in the resort town in two weekends. During both weekends, law enforcement stepped up its presence for vehicle shows. This weekend is the Endless Summer Cruisin' event, which features more than 2,000 hot rods, custom and classic vehicles and trick trucks on display.

At about 11:30 p.m. Friday, Master Trooper James Price, a 17-year veteran of the state police, was on duty driving north on Coastal Highway at 76th Street in the middle lane of the three lane highway, according to a Maryland State Police release.

For reasons unknown as of early Saturday, a pedestrian reportedly darted into oncoming traffic, directly into the path of Price's marked Ford Explorer, police said.

Price tried to avoid a collision, but was unable to avoid striking the pedestrian, police said. Emergency medical services responded and transported the man by ambulance to Atlantic General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The trooper, who is assigned to the Princess Anne Barrack but was in Ocean City to assist with road patrol for Endless Summer Cruisin', was not injured in the crash, according to the release. He has been placed on administrative leave, which is routine whenever a trooper is involved in a departmental incident, police said. 

On Friday, Sept. 29, an Ocean City police cruiser also hit a pedestrian while turning left from 56th Street during a green light. The pedestrian, a 26-year-old Connecticut man, was in the crosswalk and stuck by the marked Chevrolet Tahoe. He was released from the hospital the following day. 

Car enthusiasts had shown up to Ocean City in droves for the H2O International car show. The event was canceled shortly before it was to be held, but that didn't deter the enthusiasts for heavily modified Volkswagens and Audis from coming to the unsanctioned show.  

Law enforcement flooded the area and conducted more than 1,200 traffic stops and made 78 arrests from Sept. 29-Oct. 1, including one that ended with charges of attempted first- and second-degree murder in a case that police said endangered the lives of two law enforcement officers.

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