Friday, December 4, 2009

Arrest Made In OM Hit-n-Run

From HoCo PD:

Howard County police have arrested a Columbia man for a hit-and-run collision last month where a 16-year-old pedestrian suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Paul Russell White III, 24, of 9483 Cameldriver Court in Columbia, is charged with fleeing the scene of an accident, negligent driving and failure to drive right of enter.

On Nov. 22, police were called to the 9300 block of Farewell Road in Columbia at approximately 12:36 a.m. by a witness to the hit-and-run.

The victim, Devon James Carter, 16, of the 9400 block of Merryrest Road in Columbia, was walking with two friends heading west on Farewell Road in the eastbound lane when a driver traveling westbound at approximately 35 miles per hour crossed the double-yellow line and struck him from behind.

Carter suffered non-life threatening injuries to his head, torso and legs. He was transported to University of Maryland, Shock Trauma, by ambulance.

Witnesses reported that the suspect vehicle made a U-turn to return to the scene and then turned around again to flee.

The suspect vehicle was described as a red, two-door Honda Civic or Accord with dark tinted windows. It was believed to have damage to the bumper, hood and windshield. The vehicle’s tag was believed to include the characters A0Z.

Investigators searched Motor Vehicle Administration databases and located a Honda with Maryland tag 8DZW02 that matched the description provided by witnesses. The vehicle is registered to White, who lives near the accident site. Detectives located the suspect vehicle and observed damage consistent with the hit-and-run.

Based on that information and additional evidence, police filed charges against White.

White is being held at Howard County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

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