Fatal Hit-and-Run Probed in Bowie

Witnesses may have spotted light-colored vehicle nearby

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Police are looking for a car and driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run Saturday night in Bowie, Md.

    The victim was found at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday on Route 3 just south of Annapolis Road.

    Shortly after 12:30 a.m., a 911 call was received from a motorist stating that a pedestrian was seen walking in the roadway. Moments later, other calls were received stating that the pedestrian had been struck by a motorist who had fled the scene.

    When police arrived they found the body of an unidentified woman believed to be in her late 20s in the right lane. She appeared to have been struck by at least one vehicle.

    "There's not even a shoulder up there where she got hit; it's actually in the turn lane ... so, not a good place to be walking at all," said Billy Elliott, who works nearby.

    Elliott said that when he arrived at work Sunday morning, he found a piece of debris in the driveway.

    "I found a piece of of a grill laying out here in the driveway, which is not too uncommon because we have a lot of accidents out here," Elliott said.

    But investigators took serious interest in his discovery.

    They received earlier reports from witnesses who said they saw a light-colored vehicle stopped near the scene. Another witness reported seeing two people standing near a similar vehicle with a broken windshield and damaged hood in a nearby parking lot.

    At the College Park police barracks, troopers were looking at a vehicle that matched that description, and they also had a piece of grillwork.  There was no immediate confirmation from police that they were related to the hit-and-run incident.

    Police are working to identify the victim.

    Anyone who may have witnessed the collision, seen suspicious activity near the scene of the crash or may have information regarding the driver or suspect vehicle should call 800-492-TIPS (8477) or the College Park Barracks at (301) 345-3101.