A 36-year-old Glen Burnie man whose conscience was pricked by signs police put up last week at a Crown gas station, has admitted that he was the driver of a truck that struck and killed a 33-year-old Pasadena dance teacher on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard in March.
The man, whom county police did not identify because he has not been formally charged, came forward on Friday, police said yesterday. They said he was driving an International Truck Tractor the night of the accident.
Police said the man saw the sign pleading for information about the death of Paul L. Seipp, whose body was found shortly after 5 a.m. March 26 in the front yard of a home in the 7600 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. He told them the "burden of guilt was too heavy and he felt compelled to come forward with the truth," police said in a statement.
The man's confession ended a nine-month wait for Mr. Seipp's parents, Lillian and Paul Seipp.
"I haven't faced the fact yet that my son is gone," Mrs. Seipp said yesterday. "I have a book that I write to him in every day. Maybe this will help me. The man has got to have a conscience. He must be suffering too."
Police have sent their case file to the state's attorney's office for a decision on what charges should be filed.
The mystery began when a resident of the 7600 block of Baltimore-Annapolis-Blvd. found Mr. Seipp's body in his front yard, apparently the victim of a hit-and-run accident.
Police said Mr. Seipp had been arrested on charges of reckless driving and attempting to elude police the night before and had been released.
Mr. Seipp had crashed his black Datsun 280Z into a fire hydrant on Edwin Raynor Boulevard near Littleton Way at 6:40 p.m., according to police. When officers arrived, he was walking away from the accident and refused to stop.
Police arrested him after a short struggle and took him to a District Court commissioner, who released him on his own recognizance. He walked out of the Glen Burnie office about 1:35 a.m.
He was walking along the 7600 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. when he was struck. There were no skid marks or other evidence to help police find the driver.
Investigators said the results of an autopsy back up their theory that Mr. Seipp was killed by a hit-and-run driver, but his parents had their doubts.
"There just doesn't seem to be any evidence to show that it was a hit-and-run," Mrs. Seipp said last week.
Shortly after the accident, the Seipp family distributed posters to area residents asking anyone who had information to call them or the police.
Mrs. Seipp said her daughter Kimberly gave one of the fliers to the Glen Burnie man who later confessed to hitting her son. "My daughter remembered him," she said.