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Car strikes Mount Airy man; driver flees scene

Family and friends are actively seeking a driver who hit an 18-year-old pedestrian in Taylorsville and fled the scene Saturday night.
Michael Fuller Hatfield, 18, of Mount Airy, is in critical condition as of about noon Tuesday, according to Cindy Rivers, a University of Maryland Shock Trauma spokeswoman.
He is in a medically induced coma, according to his aunt Betty Colson. Hatfield's left leg was shattered and his right leg is broken in about four places.
The area has been coated with fliers inside businesses and on telephone poles asking anyone with information on the car or driver to come forward, Colson said.
"We're just putting them everywhere in the hopes that somebody will see it and know something," Colson, of Westminster, said.
The incident occurred at about 11:42 p.m. Saturday. Maryland State Police received a report of a collision involving a pedestrian at the intersection of Liberty Road and Ridge Road, according to a Maryland State Police news release.
A preliminary investigation showed that Hatfield was attempting to cross Liberty Road from the westbound side when an unidentified vehicle traveling west on Liberty Road struck him, the release states. The driver continued down the road.
One witness told police the suspected vehicle was a compact four-door car, and a second witness described it as a blue or tan car, possibly a station wagon, according to the release.
The investigation is ongoing. Those with information are asked to call Maryland State Police at 410-386-3000.

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