AUDIO: Suspect in Custody, Police Investigating Hit and Run After Youngster is Struck and Dragged Beneath Car in Waldorf | Southern Maryland Information Web
On Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at around 5:50 p.m., the police, fire brigade and rescue workers reacted to the St. Charles Parkway and St. Thomas Drive areas in Waldorf due to the collision of a motor vehicle with a pedestrian.
The police arrived at the scene and found a female child with serious injuries on the street. The striking vehicle fled the scene before the first responders arrived.
Maryland State Police Helicopter Trooper 7 was pre-launched and landed nearby.
On-site witnesses reported that the suspicious vehicle that escaped the scene was a dark-colored Ford F-150 pickup truck with damage to the front bumper.
A witness called 911 to report that they were following the suspicious vehicle that was all over the street and was escaping at high speed. The witness tried to keep up with the suspect until he displayed a red light and turned off all the lights on his vehicles while driving at high speed on St. Charles Parkway in the Billingsley Road area.
The officers located the vehicle, which a short time later was parked on Tall Grass Lane in La Plata and unoccupied. The police knocked on the doors for information on who owned the vehicle.
Police found a woman who said her husband was the owner of the vehicle and reported that he was at the residence. The male suspect left the home and was taken into custody after admitting to the incident.
Maryland State Police Helicopter Soldier 2 transported the seriously injured victim to a pediatric trauma center.
Local fire and rescue workers reported that the victim was between 9 and 11 years old and was beaten and pulled under the vehicle.
Officials retrieved evidence from the Waldorf incident site and from the pickup truck found at the residence on Tall Grass Lane in La Plata.
Updates will be provided as soon as they are available.
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