By Blair Ames, email@example.com
4:55 PM EDT, October 8, 2013
A West Virginia woman has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run Sept. 14 in Taylorsville that left an 18-year-old Mount Airy man in critical condition.
Tania Brown, 47, was arrested Oct. 3 in New Jersey and is being held in New Jersey pending extradition back to Maryland, according to a Maryland State Police news release.
According to police, Brown, of Augusta, W.Va., is facing six traffic charges, including failure to immediately stop vehicle at the scene of an accident involving bodily injury, failure to immediately return and remain at scene of accident involving bodily injury, failure of driver involved in accident to render reasonable assistance to injured person, failure of vehicle driver in bodily injury accident to furnish required identification and license, and failure of vehicle driver in bodily injury accident to exhibit license to police.
On Sept. 14, Michael Hatfield was crossing Liberty Road from the westbound side at the intersection of Liberty and Ridge roads around 11:42 p.m. when an unidentified vehicle traveling west hit him and left the scene, police said. He was flown by helicopter to Shock Trauma, according to police.
Police said after weeks of investigation and help from the public, state troopers were able to identify Brown as the driver who injured Hatfield.
Upon obtaining an arrest warrant, the Maryland State Police State Apprehension Team determined that Brown was in New Jersey. Troopers coordinated with officers from the North Plainfield Police Department in New Jersey and arrested Brown without incident Oct. 3, according to the news release.
Troopers believe Brown was driving a 1999 Mazda when she hit the victim and left the scene, according to police.
Police said the Mazda that troopers believe Brown was driving at the time of the hit-and-run was recovered as evidence.
Troopers have initiated extradition proceedings to return Brown to Carroll County, but it is unknown when those proceedings will be completed, according to police.