Police are searching for car in fatal hit-and-run Blue Volvo is hunted after Rosedale man is killed while crossing Pulaski Highway.


Baltimore County police continued today to search for a blu Volvo sedan whose driver failed to stop after fatally striking a 27-year-old Rosedale man who was crossing Pulaski Highway.

State Police reported that two other people died in traffic accidents over the weekend, including a Charles County teen-ager and the mother of the president of the St. Mary's County Commission.

In the hit-and-run death about 12:15 a.m. Saturday, Steven S. Bernstein, of the 6700 block of Havenoak Road, was struck while crossing the 6700 block of Pulaski Highway near Contractors Road not far from his home, police said.

Bernstein was pronounced dead on arrival at Francis Scott Key Medical Center, police said.

Police said debris left behind included the car's insignia and headlight lenses. Police are looking for a Volvo with damage to the left headlight.

Police said Bernstein's family is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the driver. Anyone with information about the incident should call the traffic division at 887-7270 or police communications at 887-2198.

Shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday, State Police said, Grace Wood Loffler, 75, of California, St. Mary's County, was driving her 1986 Chrysler north on Town Creek Drive when the vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a tree in a yard.

Police said Loffler was pronounced dead at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station Hospital.

She was the mother of Carl M. "Buddy" Loffler Jr., the president of the St. Mary's County Commission, and was on her way home after ceremonies at College Park, where she had been honored by the Maryland Jaycees as one of the state's outstanding senior citizens, police said.

Grace Loffler had lived in St. Mary's County for more than 30 years.

Shortly before 3 p.m. Friday, Sean Robert Brady, 16, of the 300 block of Frederick Drive, La Plata, was killed when he was thrown from a pickup truck in which he was a passenger, State Police said.

Police said Richard A. Crooks, 17, also of La Plata, was driving a 1979 Toyota pickup east on Md. 234 in Chaptico when Crooks left the travel portion of the road and drove onto the shoulder to pass several cars.

Near the intersection with Davis Road, the pickup went out of control, went into a ditch and overturned, ejecting Brady, who was run over by the truck and killed, police said.

Crooks was treated at the Washington Hospital Center and released yesterday, police said.

Police said traffic charges were pending against Crooks.

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