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Perryville High School student killed in hit and run accident near Port Deposit

Grief counselors were at Perryville High School starting Tuesday after 16-year-old junior Brandon Reese was struck and killed by a hit and run driver the previous day.

Brandon was skateboarding with a friend on Route 276 (Jacob Tome Highway), north of Berlin Road in Port Deposit, when he was hit from behind by a vehicle, according to Elena Russo, spokeswoman for Maryland State Police.

When troopers arrived around 7:30 p.m. Monday, Brandon was already dead.

Based on Brandon's friend's description, police canvassed the area for the vehicle involved, ultimately finding a vehicle with fresh damage on Main Street in Port Deposit. A man was found inside a nearby residence and charges are pending. The Cecil County State's Attorney's Office is reviewing the case.

"Since he's not charged we're not identifying him yet," Russo said.

No alcohol or drug use was discovered and police say speed was not a factor.

The investigation is ongoing. Russo said it's unclear whether the man knew he had hit a person.

"That's still to be determined," Russo said.

The school's crisis team comprised of counselors and school psychologists were made available to students Tuesday and Wednesday.

"They remain at the school on an as-needed basis which is our typical practice," Kelly Keeton, spokeswoman for Cecil County Schools, said Thursday.

This is the second traffic accident within three months to claim the life of a young person associated with Perryville High School. In July, track star and recent Perryville graduate Cody Richardson was killed in a crash on Red Toad Road.

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