Now this is a good story of great police work. An alert officer, in a different district, was on the ball to solve a hit and run that occurred more than 6 months ago. Kudos to the Anne Arundel County Police Department.
On July 14, 2011, at approximately 7:32 a.m., an individual was legally operating his bicycle northbound on Crain Highway near Georgia Avenue when an unknown gray vehicle, possibly a Chevy or Saturn, traveling north on Crain Highway struck the rear of the bicycle. The operator of the vehicle failed to remain on the scene and was witnessed continuing northbound on Crain Highway at a high rate of speed. The victim was transported by ambulance to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in critical, unstable condition.
The suspect vehicle was described as a small Chevy or Saturn sedan, gray in color with damage to the right front headlight area and windshield. The operator was described as a white male with a beard, wearing wire-rimmed glasses and a baseball cap.
On July 18, 2011, a citizen’s report to check an occupied vehicle located in the parking lot of the Walmart located at 407 George Clauss Boulevard was dispatched to Western District officers. Officers arrived and observed damage consistent with a lookout given for a hit and run vehicle from the above collision. Officers identified and made contact with the owner, John Harrison Correlli, 57, of 6739 Brookmont Drive in Baltimore, Maryland.
The suspect vehicle, a 2005 silver Chevy Cobalt, which was registered to Mr. Correlli, was towed to Police Headquarters. A search warrant was obtained for the vehicle and Evidence Collection Technicians recovered a ball cap, wire framed glasses and a sample of suspected DNA evidence from the vehicle. The evidence was subsequently compared to the victim Marco Garcia. On December 29, 2011, the DNA test results were received and showed a positive match indicating this was the vehicle that struck Mr. Garcia.
On January 18, 2012, John Harrison Correlli was charged with several traffic violations to include the following: failure of a vehicle driver to pass safely at a distance of at least three feet when overtaking a bicycle, leaving the scene of a collision that caused serious bodily injury with out rendering aid, failure to remain on the scene of a collision, negligent driving, failure to return to the scene and failure to exercise care to avoid the collision with the bicycle.
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