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Driver who hit Mt. Airy teen, fled scene arrested in New Jersey

A female was arrested in New Jersey for allegedly hitting an 18-year-old pedestrian in Taylorsville and then fleeing the scene, according to police.
Tania I. Brown, of Augusta, W.Va., was served with a warrant and police are awaiting extradition to Maryland at this time, according to a prepared release issued by the Maryland State Police Friday.
Brown, 47, faces numerous traffic violation charges including failure to immediately stop vehicle at collision scene involving bodily injury, failure to immediately return and remain at scene, failure to render reasonable assistance to injured person, failure to furnish required identification and license and failure to exhibit license to police.
Troopers have initiated extradition proceedings to return Brown to Carroll County, but it is unknown when those proceedings will be completed, according to Friday's press release.
Friends and family were actively seeking the driver who hit Michael Fuller Hatfield, 18, of Mount Airy, and left him in a medically induced coma, a shattered left leg and a broken right leg.
Hatfield remained in serious condition as of 10:30 a.m. Friday, according to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center spokeswoman Cindy Rivers.
At about 11:42 p.m. Sept. 14, Maryland State Police received a report of a collision involving a pedestrian at the intersection of Liberty Road and Ridge Road, according to a previous Maryland State Police news release.
A preliminary investigation showed Hatfield was attempting to cross Liberty Road from the westbound side when a vehicle traveling west struck him, the release states. The driver fled the scene.
Shortly afterward, family and friends began pasting fliers on utility poles and inside businesses asking anyone with information about the car or the driver to come forward, Hatfield's aunt Betty Colson told the Times last month. A Facebook paged titled "Justice for Michael Hatfield" was created.
"This is a relief for Michael and his family, however this is only the beginning of the process," the page states. "The case will now continue through the criminal legal process where we hope the driver will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
Troopers believe that evidence indicates Brown was driving a 1999 Mazda when she struck Hatfield and failed to remain at the scene, according to Friday's prepared release.
Upon obtaining the arrest warrant, troopers enlisted the assistance of the Maryland State Police State Apprehension Team, in an effort to locate Brown. The apprehension team determined Brown was in New Jersey. Troopers coordinated with officers from the North Plainfield New Jersey Police Department and Brown was arrested without incident Thursday, according to the release.
The Mazda troopers believe Brown was driving at the time of the hit-and-run was also located and recovered as evidence. The suspect was identified with the help of the public, who provided investigators with leads that were followed up and ultimately led to the arrest of Brown, according to the release.

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