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Hit-and-run suspect turns self in

The driver of a Mercedes-Benz suspected in a hit-and-run early Monday morning turned himself in to Montgomery County authorities, officials said.

The collision involved the car and a scooter in the 12700 block of Veirs Mill Road in Rockville.

The driver of the scooter, a 19-year-old man, remains in serious condition at a local trauma center, police said. A passenger on the scooter, a 16-year-old boy, is hospitalized in critical condition.

Police and medics were called to the wreck just after midnight. Early results in the investigation show that a silver Mercedes was traveling east on Veirs Mill when, for unknown reasons, it struck the scooter, police said.

The driver of the Mercedes “briefly stopped" before continuing east on Veirs Mill, police said.

Investigators found parts from the Mercedes at Connecticut Avenue and Weller Road.

Police put out a description of the car, and the driver turned himself in at a county police facility at 11:20 a.m., according to a police spokesman. Investigators were in the process of getting a search warrant to examine the inside and outside of the Mercedes as of Monday afternoon.

-- Dan Morse

By Washington Post Editors  | October 18, 2010; 2:03 PM ET
Categories:  Dan Morse, Montgomery, Traffic Accidents  
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Probally wanted to sober up before turning himself in.

Posted by: Pilot1 | October 18, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Probally wanted to sober up before turning himself in.

Posted by: Pilot1 |

Cant sober up that fast. Probably panicked then realize he was identified.

Posted by: ged0386 | October 18, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Was the scooter in the road? Were they obeying traffic laws? Did the driver have a license?
Where we live in Sterling, VA there are many scooters on the roads. It seems the people who ride scooters on the roads here, highways included, can not get a drivers' license. They run through red lights at intersections, run stop signs, weave in and out of traffic, etc. I have almost hit a few due to them wearing dark clothing with no reflective tape on it and driving with no intention to follow laws of the road.
What are the laws regarding scooters? Does anyone know? The Mercedes driver probably thought he hit a deer or something inanimate and didn't realize he hit humans until he heard the story. He then did the right thing and turned himself in. It isn't always the fault of the person that does the hitting.

Posted by: timpick65 | October 18, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

"It isn't always the fault of the person that does the hitting."
Are you freaking serious? If I thought I hit a "deer" you bet I would stop to find out.
I guess this is why there has been a rash of pedestrians killed in recent weeks.

Posted by: 1shot | October 18, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Can we blame this on latino illegals, AA thugs, Obama healthcare or big government?

Posted by: ged0386 | October 18, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

You don't need a license to drive a scooter, just a helmet. Not to stereotype scooter riders, but lots of illegals ride them because it's faster than a bicycle. If the accident happened around midnight, alcohol is usually involved. And yes, some one who turns themselves in almost twelve hours later is certain to be sober unless they have consumed an absurd amount. It doesn't take much alcohol to make a person drive like an idiot.

Posted by: kevins1 | October 18, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Mercedes parts left on road? How hard did he hit that scooter?
I supposed he sobered up by 11:20 next day?

Posted by: skn1 | October 18, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Kevins1 said...
"It doesn't take much alcohol to make a person drive like an idiot."

It doesn't take ANY alcohol to make a person drive like an idiot. All a person needs is a cell phone to make he/she oblivious to everything else on the road!!

Posted by: mattm1962 | October 18, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

u never know u reaction if you where in that situation till it happens to you..GOD knows what went to the drivers head when he saw that. till now police have not released the full report so... all this latest news is all assumptions.. i read the older scooter driver was in critical condition and the younger getting better .. later other news they wrote the young one was in critical condition and the scooter driver was in stable condition.. which means those news out there are not as accurate.. in this cases is better to wait 4 the police report then we all know what really happen!.. and some pple react different in shock situations like this so one knows if alcohol was involved gezz pple is so fast to judge and jumped to conclusions.. guess is all cuz maryland is such a BORING place ..i luv it tho.. that any news pple and the media blow it out of proportion.. that sucks ;'( ..He who knows does not speak;"HE WHO KNOWS DOES NOT SPEAK . HE WHO SPEAKS DOES KNOW" ppls talk 2 much w out knowing the FACTS ..IF THEY JUST Knew how damaging those comments could be to those pple living the dramatic situation right now..the scooter boys and the mercedes guy .. ;( only thing that matters now is the well being of those pple who were injured ..we all need to pray for them and their families ..same as the guy who was driving the benz and his family ..none of us will like to be in any of those families shoes ;( MAY GOD PROTECT AND GIVE PEACE OF MIND TO ALL OF THOSE INVOLVED !

Posted by: najipao | October 19, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Gossip is so damaging. More damage can be done with the tongue than by any other means. Like our mothers used to say, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”"Do not go about spreading slander among your people"(Lev.19:16)"Men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted,and by your words you will be condemned"

Posted by: najipao | October 19, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm sad for everyone involved. No one wants to run into someone, much less be the victim of a hit or a hit-and-run. I think it's sad the driver left the scene. I could not imagine doing that. If they were intoxicated, that would be way the bad decision to leave the scene occurred. Nonetheless, I agree with najipao--you never know how you would respond in the situation. The recent stream of pedestrian and scooter accidents within the last few weeks should remind everyone to be very CAUTIOUS drivers and to pay close attention to the road. Distractions are many (cell phone, life-at-home on your mind, work on your mind, sleep deprivation, medication, etc). Please remember to watch out for pedestrians! Be kind--stop if you hit something and check it out first.

Posted by: jusmy2centz | October 22, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

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