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Hampstead man charged in crash that killed Finksburg woman

Scott Anthony Kozera

A Hampstead man was arrested and charged after driving into two women, killing one and critically injuring the other, with a pickup truck on Hanover Pike on Tuesday night, police said.

Finksburg resident Cana Maree Ratchford, 26, was killed in the apparent hit-and-run Tuesday, according to a Baltimore County police news release.


Scott Anthony Kozera, 40, of the 4600 block of Lower Beckleysville Road, was charged with failing to render reasonable assistance to an injured person, failing to return and remain at the scene of an accident involving death and knowingly driving an uninsured vehicle, among other charges, according to electronic court records.

Kozera is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center, according to the release.


A vehicle occupied by two women and another individual stopped at the Colonial Inn on Hanover Pike around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, police wrote in the release.

While the friend went inside, the two women walked to the back of the vehicle and “were standing partially in the travel portion” of Route 30, when Kozera’s 2003 Chevrolet Silverado pick up truck struck them, the release detailed.

Kozera continued southbound until he experienced engine problems more than two miles down Hanover Pike, police wrote.

Officers found the Chevy truck on the side of the road and matched it with the description of the vehicle that struck the women, police wrote.

When first responders got to the Inn they found Ratchford and another woman sprawled out on the street, police said.

Both were taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where Ratchford was pronounced dead and the other woman remains in critical condition, the release details.