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Posted at 7:00 PM ET, 01/ 5/2011

Driver located in hit-and-run crash

By Matt Zapotosky
Matt Zapotosky

Police in Prince George's County have located the driver of Monday's hit-and-run crash in Fort Washington, and she is cooperating with investigators, authorities said Wednesday.

Cpl. Clinton Copeland, a Prince George's County police spokesman, declined to specify how police located the woman, saying it could hamper the investigation. Police also did not name her because she has not been charged with any crimes.

The woman was driving a vehicle that apparently struck and killed a female pedestrian sometime before 8 a.m. Monday near the intersection of Route 210 and Swan Creek Road East. Police had said the driver of that vehicle was traveling south on Route 210 and might have believed the crash involved only a deer.

Police said in a news release that they have recovered the striking vehicle from a local repair facility. They said there is no evidence to indicate drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash.

Investigators are still working to identify the woman who was hit. She is described as a black female, about 50 years old, 5'5" tall and weighing 120 pounds, police said. She was wearing a light blue jacket, blue jeans and black shoes, police said.

By Matt Zapotosky  | January 5, 2011; 7:00 PM ET
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So to kill someone, all you have to do is hit them with your car and say "I thought it was a deer".....really?! Justice system is terrible.

Posted by: BigScoop | January 6, 2011 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand how any motorist can mistake a human for a deer. I hit a deer once while driving at night and I knew it was a deer because I saw it. At some point, this lady had to have seen a human. If it was still dark when she hit the person, headlights should have provided enough illumination to see that she'd struck a human and not a deer. If her excuse is that she thought she struck a deer, then her excuse is pretty lame.

Posted by: CAmira5 | January 6, 2011 10:39 AM | Report abuse

The vision test for driver's license should inclulde a deer/human component! This is crazy to say it was a deer!

Posted by: washwiz | January 6, 2011 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Back in the early 1980's, Redskins player Harold McLinton was struck and killed in a hit-and-run accident on I-295 by a drunk driver. When the car and driver were located the driver said he thought he hit a bird. Yeah, right, a 250 pound bird. The front fender of the car was bashed in.

Posted by: Baltimore11 | January 6, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I believe that most drivers involved in hit-and-run accidents are probably drunk. If they turn themselves in 24-48 hours later, the alcohol is out of their system and they can't be charged with DWI.

What's needed is a change in the law. Any driver involved in a hit-and-run accident should automatically be considered guilty of a DWI offense and punished appropriately, whether they were drinking or not. People who might have been drunk are getting off on technicalities because they fled the scene of an accident. But if you were automatically guilty of DWI when you drive away, it might encourage those who are not drunk to hang around after they've been involved in an accident (to avoid having a DWI on their driving record). Of course, the drunks will still take off.

Posted by: CAmira5 | January 6, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

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