A female teenage bicycle rider lost her life in a hit-and-run accident in Baltimore County. The accident occurred just after midnight on Monday, July 19th. The Baltimore County Police Department said a car struck the teen from behind.
According to a news report, 16-year-old Jayden Baldree rode her bicycle northbound along Northpoint Boulevard near Baltimore Street in Dundalk (21224). A car coming from behind in the same lane then rear-ended her and fled the scene. The teenager died from her injuries.
Officers began looking for the hit-and-run driver after responding at the accident scene. They found the suspect’s vehicle empty at the intersection of Baltimore Street and Eastbrook Avenue. The police said that before fleeing the scene, the suspect removed the tags to the 2005 Acura.
The county police have asked anyone who has information on the crash to call them on 410-307-2020. Callers can remain anonymous if they desire, and may be eligible for a reward after submitting tips through Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.
A hit-and-run accident occurs when a car flees the scene of a crash without assisting any injured victim or reporting the accident to the authorities. In Maryland, it is a criminal offense for a driver to flee the scene of an accident. Ordinarily, the punishment involves a fine, short jail term, and other citations if the crash was minor or involved only property damage.
However, when there’s severe bodily harm or death, the punishment is more stringent. In addition to the criminal charge, the hit-and-run driver faces, victims or legal beneficiaries of decedents can file a civil action to recover compensation from the hit-and-run driver. This is where a personal injury or wrongful death attorney comes in.
Contact our Maryland personal injury lawyers to learn more about suing a hit-and-run driver.