A hit-and-run accident in Anne Arundel County claimed the life of one pedestrian and left another with injuries. The accident happened on Saturday night, September 4th, in the 100 block of Governor Ritchie Highway at Magothy Bridge Road. Failure to maintain the lane appears to be the cause of the accident in Anne Arundel County.
According to the Anne Arundel County Police, two pedestrians were walking south on the shoulder of northbound Governor Ritchie Highway at about 9:12 p.m. Simultaneously, a car made a U-turn from the southbound direction, hitting the victims. The investigators said 52-year-old Mario Garcia Morales of the 8500 block of Pulaski Highway died at the scene.
An unnamed 11-year-old boy of the 8500 block of Pulaski Highway sustained minor injuries. The driver involved fled the scene, taking the northbound lane of the highway. The county police believe the car to be a dark-colored sedan, possibly a Chrysler or Dodge.
The accident remains under investigation. The investigators said the hit-and-run driver caused the crash by failing to drive within a single lane of travel. Anyone with information about the accident should contact the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line at (410) 222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.
A hit-and-run accident happens when a driver leaves the crash scene without helping an accident victim or reporting to the police. As a result, a hit-and-run driver faces criminal charges, but a victim can also bring a civil action for compensation. Here, the victim can either commence a compensation claim with the driver’s insurance carrier or file a personal injury lawsuit. Where the victim dies, their legal beneficiaries can get wrongful death benefits.
If you suffer injuries in a hit-and-run accident, our experienced Maryland car accident lawyers can help you get compensation.