Police Believe Road Race Led to Fatal Hit and Run on BW Parkway

72-year-old man dies after accident

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    Two luxury cars allegedly were involved in a street race on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway when one of them slammed into a third car, killing a 72-year-old man. (Published Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011)

    U.S. Park Police are searching for a black Mercedes-Benz they believe was involved in a fatal hit and run accident on the Baltimore Washington Parkway early Monday.

    Investigators think the car may have been racing another luxury vehicle at the time of the accident.

    At 2:20 a.m., officers responded to a vehicle crash in the northbound lane of the BW Parkway, near Powder Mill Road in Beltsville.

    Investigating officers discovered the vehicle of Louis Poteat, 72, struck from the rear.  Poteat, a Seat Pleasant resident, was critically injured in the crash, and transported for treatment from the scene.  He died at the hospital of his injuries.

    Park Police said that the striking vehicle did not stay on the scene.  They believe that car, a black Mercedes, sustained front-end damage in the crash.  Investigators say the other car involved in the suspected street race was a silver Lexus.

    Police are asking anyone with information about the crash or details about this dark colored Mercedes to call the US Park Police Criminal Investigations Branch at (202) 610-8730 or the tip line at (202) 610-8737.