UPDATE: Suspect in Custody, Police Investigating Hit and Run After Youngster is Struck in Waldorf | Southern Maryland Information Web

UPDATE 12/16/2020: At 5:48 p.m. on Tuesday, December 15, officials in the St. Charles Parkway area between Gallery Place and St. Thomas Drive in Waldorf responded to the report of an accident involving a child.

A preliminary investigation found that three children had just crossed St. Charles Parkway, followed by an 8-year-old girl who was still crossing the street.

The driver of a pickup truck driving south on St. Charles Parkway hit the girl and fled.

A witness called 9-1-1 and followed the truck to a neighborhood in La Plata. The driver was located with the help of the La Plata police and the CCSO patrolmen.

The child was taken to hospital by helicopter with serious injuries that did not appear to be life threatening. At this point, it appears that alcohol can be a contributing factor; However, more research needs to be done.

In accordance with protocol, the completed investigation will be reviewed by the Charles County Attorney’s Office and fees will be determined at that time. PFC D. Walker from the Traffic Operations Unit is conducting the investigation.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has additional information is asked to contact PFC Walker at 301-609-3251.

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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