Hit and Run Kills Man on Motorized Bike in Howard County.
Early Sunday morning, Howard County police were called to the scene of a fatal hit-and-run accident involving a motorized bike and two other vehicles. According to the police report, the victim, Timothy Wise, 55, of Columbia, was ejected from his bike during the initial collision and then struck by a second vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. The identity of the driver of the first vehicle is unknown, as that person fled the scene of the accident. Route 175 is a busy strip, and residents of the area say this is not the first traffic accident to occur there.
Howard County police are investigating the second hit-and-run in the Laurel area. Crystal Hill, a Laurel resident, said she is not surprised that there would be hit and runs given the lack of foot traffic and siloed malls in the area. “You have these like siloed malls and then like commercial buildings. There’s no, like, residential area. There’s not a lot of foot traffic. So I can see why someone would get away with it, but it’s unfortunate and it shouldn’t happen,” said Hill. Officers said that 69-year-old William Shaffer was killed when a white Ford Explorer hit him on Route-1 in Laurel on Sept. 15.
The car likely has right front-end damage. Chee Young is an Elkridge resident who is concerned about the trend of hit-and-run accidents in her town. She believes that many of these accidents are caused by out-of-towners who are not used to driving on rural roads. As a result, they are not familiar with the local speed limit or the conditions of the road. Young also believes that these drivers are less likely to stop and render aid if they are involved in an accident. Consequently, she is urging anyone with information about hit-and-run incidents to contact the police. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.
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