According to a recent news report, the Anne Arundel County Police Department has identified the person suspected of the fatal hit-and-run accident that killed an Annapolis resident in late December as he was walking on the roadside. As a Maryland automobile accident attorney, my office is ready and able to represent families who have suffered tragic loses similar to the one in this case.
According to police, the fatal pedestrian accident happened in the early morning on New Year ’s Day on Bay Ridge Road in Annapolis, MD. Sometime around 2am on Friday morning, 40-year-old Alfred Byrd was hit by an east-bound motor vehicle, killing the man as he walked along the road.
Police believe that Byrd, who was wearing dark clothing at the time of the accident, was either crossing the street or walking within the right travel lane when he was struck. By the time emergency personnel arrived at the scene, the man had already died from his injuries.
Police reportedly found the suspect vehicle, a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado, along with the driver, 21-year-old Thomas Leonard Judge of Annapolis. Judge apparently also had two passengers with him in the vehicle at the time of the incident. Jason Ruegg, 21 of Annapolis and John Deleonibus, 21, of Davidsonville were both identified by police as as passengers that morning.
According to police reports, the force of the crash was enough to cause the truck to sustain significant damage to the front grille area, the passenger-side front headlight, passenger-side bug deflector and several portions of the right side of the grille.
At the time of the report, charges had yet to be pressed against the suspected hit-and-run driver. It was not yet known if drugs, alcohol or excessive speed were contributing factors in the accident.
Suspect Found after Fatal Hit-and-Run, ABC2News.com, January 2, 2010