Police: Scooter victim dies in hospital
A 16-year-old scooter passenger, struck by a hit-and-run driver seven days ago in Rockville, died late last night at a hospital, officials said Monday. Police anticipate that charges will be filed against the driver whose Mercedes Benz struck the scooter, a Montgomery County police spokeswoman said.
Police identified the dead teenager as Noel Hernandez Mendoza, of the 12800 block of Evanston Street, in Rockville. The scooter driver, Mario Claros Hernandez, 19, of the 5000 block of Aspen Hill Road, remains in serious condition at a local trauma center, police said.
Early on Oct. 18, police and medics were called to the 12700 block of Veirs Mill Road. They learned that a silver Mercedes was traveling east on Veirs Mill, when for reasons still under investigation it struck a scooter in the travel lanes. The Mercedes briefly stopped, before leaving the scene, police said.
Later that morning, the Mercedes driver, Hector Andres Mazo Paya, of Rockville, turned himself in. Charges are pending against the driver until the conclusion of the investigation, police said.
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