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Maryland driver admits to fatal hit-and-run accident

A Pasadena, Maryland, man recently confessed to a tragic hit-and-run accident that left one person dead, and now he faces up to five years behind bars.

The man's confession brings to rest a case that has been ongoing since late January, when he hit a pedestrian with his Ford F-350 that had a snowplow attached to the front. The 77-year-old victim, a retired fencing coach at Johns Hopkins University, was walking up Mountain Road in Pasadena during a snowstorm when the driver hit him with the vehicle. The pedestrian died in a local hospital as a result of his injuries.

The motorist, age 21, was transporting three other passengers at the time of the accident. He fled the scene while one of his passengers called 911. The caller claimed that she had simply witnessed the accident and never indicated she was riding in the vehicle. The emergency call did, however, throw up some red flags, which eventually led law enforcement to the truck and its driver. The emergency dispatcher could hear someone saying "stop the truck" in the background, and the caller said she had just left Brass Rail, a local pub.

Surveillance video from the pub eventually led police to the man's truck, but he at first denied hitting the pedestrian. Later, he admitted that he struck the victim with the side of his plow. Because the driver left the scene, police could not administer an alcohol breath test to determine if he was driving drunk.

In addition to a maximum of five years in prison, the driver could owe as much as $5,000 in fines. The driver is slated to receive his sentence in November.

Source: Baltimore Sun, "Pasadena man admits hitting fencing coach with snowplow," Andrea F. Siegel, Sept. 1, 2011.

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