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Prince George’s County police have identified the man who died in a motorcycle collision in Upper Marlboro on Sunday as a 26-year-old officer in the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections.

Juan Ariel Pena of Silver Spring was traveling south on Brown Station Road near Fenway Lane around 6:30 a.m. Aug. 19 when a four-door sedan made a left turn onto northbound Brown Station Road. Pena then struck the side of the car as it was making the turn, county police said.

Pena was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead from injuries he sustained in the collision.

Prince George’s police said the driver of the sedan, a 52-year-old woman, sustained minor injuries.

No other details of the collision were available Thursday, said Cpl. Maria McKinney, a county police spokeswoman. McKinney said it is still unclear whether speed was a factor and if any charges will be filed against the sedan driver.

McKinney said the incident is still under investigation by a collision analysis team.

According to Pena’s obituary, he was born in the Dominican Republic, but moved to Silver Spring in 1999 with his family. He graduated from Paint Branch High School in 2004 and received an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Sanford-Brown College, a higher education organization that offers career training programs throughout the U.S., in 2010.

In 2009, he joined the county’s corrections department, where he worked in the housing units with the inmates, said Mary Lou McDonough, the department director.

“It’s just tragic, as is any loss of life, and at that young of an age. It’s just very concerning for the family and tragic loss for the department,” she said.

McDonough said she reached out to Pena’s family Wednesday and said Pena’s father mentioned to her how much he enjoyed his job with the corrections department.

A phone number for Pena’s residence could not be located.

Funeral services for Pena will be held Saturday in Silver Spring.

djgross@gazette.net