Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta laid to rest
OLNEY, Md. (WBFF) ---- Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta was laid to rest on Tuesday morning. Officer Leotta died last week, from injuries sustained on December 3 when he was struck by a driver suspected of driving under the influence.
The funeral for the 24-year-old was held at Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg and was followed by a burial at Judean Memorial Gardens in Olney.
Detectives say Leotta was conducting a traffic stop in the curb lane of northbound Rockville Pike and Edmonston Drive when a 2012 Honda CRV, traveling north on Rockville Pike, struck his marked cruiser and then struck him as he stood outside of his vehicle. The CRV's driver, identified as 47-year-old Luis Gustavo Reluzco, remained at the collision scene. Reluzco was taken into custody under the suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
Reluzco submitted a blood test that will be analyzed for alcohol. The investigation is ongoing and Reluzco has not been charged, WJLA reports.
Leotta, 24, grew up in Montgomery County and attended Montgomery College. He was hired as a Montgomery County Police Officer Candidate in January 2013 and graduated from the Montgomery County Police Academy in July 2013.
In remarks posted online his supervisor described Officer Leotta as "humble and selfless and never seeks any recognition for himself. Officer Leotta is always willing to help out fellow officers in any way he can."
Leotta's family is asking anyone wanting to make a donation in his memory to donate to one of three organizations:
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.)
10440 Shaker Drive
Columbia, MD 21046
- HEROES, Inc.
1200 29th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
- Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)
P.O. Box 3199
Camdenton, MO 65020
A mailbox has also been designated for sending thoughts and prayers to Leotta's family:
- Deliver or mail cards/messages to:
The Leotta Family
Montgomery County Police Department - 4th District
2300 Randolph Road
Wheaton, Maryland 20902