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News Release, Maryland State Police

(COLLEGE PARK, MD) – Maryland State Police are still seeking public assistance as the investigations continue into two separate hit-and-run crashes that claimed the lives of two pedestrians in Prince George’s County.

The first fatal hit-and-run crash occurred between 3 and 5:30 a.m. on Feb. 29, 2020, along the inner loop of I-495 near the ramp to northbound I-95 in College Park, Maryland.  The deceased was identified as Henry Washington, 60, of Washington, D.C.

Based on evidence at the scene, troopers believe the vehicle that struck and killed Washington was a silver 2018 or 2019 Nissan Altima.  Investigators also believe the vehicle is damaged on the passenger side. Troopers describe the damage to the vehicle as potentially extensive and say it could involve the bumper, hood, headlight, fender and mirror along the passenger side of the car.

Anyone who witnessed this collision, or who may have information about the suspect vehicle, is urged to contact the Maryland State Police College Park Barrack at 301-345-3101. Callers may remain anonymous.

The second fatal hit-and-run crash occurred at about 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, 2020. In this case, 911 callers reported that they saw a pedestrian struck by at least one, and possibly two vehicles, on southbound Route 4 at Old Marlboro Pike in Forestville, Maryland.  The deceased was identified as Earl Rogers, 74, of Largo, Maryland.

Anyone who may have witnessed this fatal hit and run is urged to contact the Maryland State Police Forestville Barrack at 301-568-8101. As in the first case, callers may remain anonymous.

The cases remain under investigation.


News Release, Maryland State Police

UPDATE 3/2/2020 @1:00 p.m.(FORESTVILLE, MD) – After family notification, Maryland State Police are identifying the man killed in yesterday’s hit and run collision in Prince George’s County.

The victim is identified as Earl L. Rogers Sr., 74, of Largo, Md.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Shortly after 8:30 p.m. yesterday, a 911 caller to the Forestville Barrack reported seeing a pedestrian struck by at least one and possibly two vehicles on southbound Rt. 4 at Old Marlboro Pike, Forestville.  Troopers responding to the scene found the victim lying in the grass off the right shoulder of the roadway.  

The preliminary investigation by the Maryland State Police Crash Team indicates the victim was a pedestrian who was crossing Rt. 4, south of Old Marlboro Pike, when he was struck.  Evidence collected at the scene indicates the striking vehicle may have been silver or white.  No further description details are known at this time.

Anyone who may have witnessed this fatal hit and run is urged to contact Maryland State Police immediately at the Forestville Barracks at 301-568-8101, ext 0.  Callers may remain anonymous.  

Troopers are still searching for a 2018/19 silver Nissan Altima, wanted in connection with a fatal hit and run involving a pedestrian that occurred early on the morning of February 29th, along I-495 at northbound I-95 in College Park.  The victim in that incident has yet to be positively identified.  

The investigations into both fatal hit and run crashes are continuing.  


(FORESTVILLE, MD) — Maryland state troopers are investigating the second fatal hit and run crash involving a pedestrian this weekend in Prince George’s County.

The victim is identified at this time only as an African American male.  Troopers are working to identify him and locate/notify the family.

Shortly after 8:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2020, 911 callers to the Forestville Barrack reported seeing a pedestrian struck by at least one and possibly two vehicles on southbound Rt. 4 at Old Marlboro Pike, Forestville.  Troopers responding to the scene found the victim lying in the grass off the right shoulder of the roadway.  Emergency medical services personnel pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

A description of either of the striking vehicles is not known at this time.  Troopers from the Forestville and La Plata barracks, as well as the State Police Crash Team, were on the scene investigating the hit and run and collecting evidence.  Traffic lanes were closed at the scene as needed to conduct the investigation.

Anyone who may have witnessed this fatal hit and run is urged to contact Maryland State Police immediately at the Forestville Barracks at 301-568-8101, ext 0.  Callers may remain anonymous.

The investigation is continuing.  Additional information will be provided when it is available.

Troopers are still searching for a 2018/19 silver Nissan Altima, wanted in connection with a fatal hit and run involving a pedestrian that occurred early Saturday morning along I-495 at northbound I-95 in College Park.


UPDATE 3/1//2020(COLLEGE PARK, MD) — Maryland State Police crash investigators have developed new information from evidence at the scene that provides a better description of the vehicle believed to have struck and killed a man walking along I-495 at I-95 early today.

Troopers now believe the vehicle that struck and killed the man was a silver 2018 or 2019 Nissan Altima.  They believe the vehicle is damaged on the passenger side.  Troopers describe the damage to the vehicle as potentially extensive and say it could involve the bumper, hood, headlight, fender and mirror along the passenger side of the car.  They believe the man was struck by the vehicle sometime between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. today.  

Positive identification of the adult African American male victim has not been made.  Efforts are underway, but it is not known how long it will be until his identification is confirmed.  

Anyone who witnessed this collision, or who may have information about the suspect vehicle, is urged to contact Maryland State Police at the College Park Barracks at 301-345-3101. 


(COLLEGE PARK, MD Saturday, February 29, 2020) — Maryland state troopers are continuing their investigation into what appears to be a fatal hit and run involving a pedestrian on I-495 in Prince George’s County this morning.

The victim is described as an adult African American male.  A positive identification has not been made at this time.

Shortly before 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Maryland State Police at the College Park Barracks received a 911 call from a motorist reporting what appeared to be a body lying in the gore area between the inner loop of I-495 and the ramp for northbound I-95. Troopers responded and found the unidentified victim.  Responding emergency medical services personnel pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

GORE AREA: The physical gore is the unpaved area created between the highway mainline and a ramp that merges into or diverges from the mainline. The theoretical gore is the marked area of pavement resulting from the convergence or divergence of the edge lines of the mainline and ramp.

Troopers began an immediate investigation.  The preliminary investigation indicates the victim was on foot and was struck by an unknown vehicle.  Maryland State Police crime scene technicians have recovered vehicle debris that indicates the striking vehicle may have been silver.  They are continuing to process the scene and examine the evidence to obtain further details regarding the suspect vehicle.

Troopers searched the region along I-95, I-495, and Rt. 50, looking for both a suspect vehicle and a vehicle that may have belonged to the victim.  Troopers did not locate either a suspect vehicle or vehicle that may have been previously operated by the victim.

MDOT State Highway Administration personnel responded to the scene to assist with the closure of four lanes of the inner loop of I-495.  As of 9:15 a.m., lanes one and two have been reopened.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or who may have information about the victim or the striking vehicle, is urged to contact Maryland State Police at the College Park Barracks immediately at 301-345-3101.  Callers may remain anonymous.

Maryland State Police Crash Team investigators responded and are leading the ongoing investigation.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...