Laurel Police announce CrimeLine reward of $3,000 in Route 198 hit and run

Laurel Police are now offering a $3,000 CrimeLine reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver responsible for a hit and run on Route 198 east near the intersection of Route 1 north at about 2:13 p.m. Feb. 29.

Information can be called into the Laurel CrimeLine Tip Line at 301-498-7645.

According to police, a man walking on the sidewalk along Route 198 was struck when a white pickup truck, after turning from northbound Route 1 onto eastbound Route 198, left the road and drove onto the sidewalk. Police called to the scene found the pedestrian in the parking lot of Crossroads Shopping Center, which sits at the foot of an embankment leading from Route 198, and described his injuries as "life threatening."

Police said the truck is a 2005-2007 Ford F-250 Super Cab with an extended bed, and likely has damage on the right front bumper grill, hood and windshield. Police also said the truck's only working break light is the left light, and that it appears to be a work truck because of evidence of writing on the driver's side door.

The pedestrian was taken to a trauma center where he remains in critical condition as of March 6. Police did not find any identification on the pedestrian and are continuing their efforts to learn who he might be.

Laurel Police spokesman James Collins said the pedestrian appears to be a white male, between 50 and 60 years old, weighing 150 pounds and about 5 feet 7-inches tall. Collins said police took the injured man's fingerprints at the hospital and forwarded them to the FBI, but no matches were found. He also said police have checked shelters and missing person reports, but have not been successful in discovering the man's identity.

Laurel Police released a photo of the truck they said was involved and also released a video from a Metrobus video camera, that shows the accident.

This story has been updated.

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