Harford woman, 28, struck by hit-and-run vehicle in Bel Air

Police in Harford County have found and charged the driver of a car that allegedly hit and injured a woman in the Bel Air area Monday night and then left the scene.

According to Maryland State Police, investigators form the Bel Air Barrack Criminal Investigation Section received a phone call from the operator of the vehicle, who has been identified as Jennifer Helen Brooks, 52, of Forest Hill.

Investigators interviewed Brooks and learned she was operating a light blue 1997 Lincoln Town car at the time of the collision, State Police said in a news release late Tuesday afternoon.

Through the interview it was learned Brooks had been consuming alcohol at Jimmy's Old School Tavern, in the 3400 block of Conowingo Road in Street, just prior to the collision, according to State Police, who said investigators located the vehicle at the residence and observed damage to the passenger side of the vehicle and mirror.

Alcohol was a contributing factor in the accident, State Police said.

After consulting with the Harford County States Attorney's Office, State Police at the Bel Air Barrack said Brooks was charged with driving under the influence, driving while impaired, failure to immediately stop vehicle at scene of accident involving bodily injury, failure to immediately return and remain at scene of accident involving bodily injury, failure of driver involved in accident to render reasonable assistance to injured person, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, negligent driving, reckless driving and several other motor vehicle violations.

State Police said in the news release that Brooks was arrested. No further information was available.

The victim has been identified as Susan Marie Gourgoulanis, 28, of the 1800 block of Castleton Road in Darlington. She was transported from the scene to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, and left on her own, police said.

Initially, police said the suspect's vehicle was described only as a "sky blue" passenger car and that the car had a broken passenger side mirror.

The car and driver were found around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

At about 7:40 p.m. Monday, Maryland State Police from the Bel Air Barrack responded to southbound Route 1 just north of the Hickory Bypass where Harford County sheriff's deputies were on the scene of where a pedestrian had been hit by a vehicle that fled the scene.

A witness told state police that the woman was waving her arms near or in the roadway. The witness said the suspect vehicle swerved to the left, apparently trying to avoid the woman, but struck her with the passenger side mirror. The suspect vehicle was seen pulling to the shoulder of the road momentarily about 500 feet from the scene of the crash, but then pulled away and left the area. A witness called 911 for assistance.

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