Eagle Scout Granted Bail in Fatal Crash

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    The driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash gets bond because he's a former eagle scout who has never been in trouble before. (Published Friday, Sep 23, 2011)

    A judge granted a fatal hit-and-run suspect bail Friday because he was an Eagle Scout.

    Michael Dalton, 22, drove the Buick that struck a scooter, sending its driver into the windshield of the car, and then drove about a mile before police stopped him, prosecutors said.

    The victim of the hit-and-run Thursday morning on Rockville Pike at Edmonston, 30-year-old Roberto Nassar, later died at a hospital.

    Prosecutors said Dalton dragged the scooter lodged under the front of the car for about a mile, with sparks flying. Police managed to stop Dalton by getting in front of him and showing a gun. When they did stop him, he reeked of alcohol, failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath test, police said. At the station, he asked where in Pennsylvania he was.

    A recent graduate of Drexel, he’d moved to the area about two months ago for a job as a computer programmer at Johns Hopkins University. In court Friday, his family pleaded for his release so he could keep the job.

    The defense described Dalton as an honor student who’d never before been in trouble with the law. The judge granted $15,000 bail because Dalton had been an Eagle Scout.

    Dalton is charged with failure to stop at the scene of a fatal accident, failure to return and remain at the scene of a fatal accident, and failure to report a fatal accident to the nearest police. He has not been charged with driving under the influence. The investigation continues.