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Police Search For Driver In Fatal Hit-And-Run

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — New clues could lead to the driver who fatally struck a bicyclist, then drove away.

Meghan McCorkell reports Anne Arundel County Police are asking for your help.

A memorial marks the spot where Alex Canales Hernandez died.  He was riding his bike along Ritchie Highway near Bon Air Drive July 14 when a car hit him.

“You don’t get out of a car, look at somebody dead on the ground, get in your car and then go away,” said Hernandez’s co-worker, Travis Snodgrass.

But police believe that’s what the driver did.

Investigators have released a composite sketch of the woman they say was responsible.  She was wearing pink medical scrubs at the time of the crash.  Witnesses say she was behind the wheel of a dark-colored Ford Escape or Jeep Liberty.

“He never missed a day.  He never missed a minute.  He was here an hour before and 20 minutes after,” Snodgrass said.

Hernandez used his bike to get to work and he wasn’t the only cyclist struck that morning.  Just three miles away at Crain Highway and Georgia Avenue, Marco Garcia, 41, was hit.  That driver fled, too.  Now police are sounding the  alarm, warning everyone to pay attention.

“It’s certainly one of those messages we want to get out to folks.  Share the road with each other,” said Justin Mulcahy, Anne Arundel County Police.

Biking advocates say roads that don’t have a shoulder—like Ritchie Highway—can be treacherous.

“It’s so easy for a car to just cut you off because they’re not thinking of you,” said biker Penny Troutner.

Now police just hope they find the woman to give Hernandez’s family some peace.

Hernandez was helping his girlfriend take care of two young children.  He’d been working at that car wash for a year and a half.

Anyone who recognizes the woman from that composite sketch is asked to call police right away.

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  • JackDaniels



  • sketch fail

    I should have been a sketch artist!

  • whatnow

    The suspect is black, they said so on the news. The person hit was hispanic, not white. It is spelled Crain Highway, not Crane. And the vast majority of Ritchie Highway does have a really big shoulder. I feel badly that this man lost his life and cannot believe someone would hit him and leave. But I ride both Ritchie and Crain every day and these bicyclists are out in the middle of the road even when there is a shoulder and the speed limit on most of Ritchie Highway is 45. Bicyclists have to use a little commonsense too. I have almost hit someone a couple of times. If I didn’t already have a feeling they were going to do something stupid, I would have hit them. Roads are for cars. Bikes are for bike paths. Ride the bus if you don’t have a car.

    • Tom

      WJZ has horrible grammar skills. They’ve always been that way.

  • Jen

    keep bikers off the road – they don’t have insurance & don’t pay taxes like motor vehicle drivers – same for the “rice rockets”, dirt bikes and all the other illegal means of transportation on the roads today – it’s a wonder more aren’t killed

    • motorist


  • motorist

    This is why bicylclists need to stay off busy roads where there is no safe area for them to ride. I see this alot and it holds up traffic. If there is no bike lane and no shoulder, they don’t belong on that road. I understand the “share the road” concept but if the road is made to allow only cars to travel safely, then maybe bicyclists should find a different route.

    I see alot of bicyclists out on roads just for pleasure, not to get to work or use for regular transportaion, this I don’t understand either when there are ample amounts of trails for bikes and that is where they belong, not on our roadways and especially during rush hour traffic. I’ve had a bike run into my car while I was STOPPED at a traffic light in the middle of the city, they are just as much at fault as the drivers are. They need to either bike on safer roads that are wide enough to allow bikes and cars to travel safely or stay off the roads all together. This is why we have bike trails.

    • Marie

      I couldn’t agree more! Many roads are just not safe for bikers to be on, regardless of whether they have the right to be there or not.

  • Can't Fix Stupid

    The sketch looks like a man in drag. I wonder if they are sure it’s a woman.

    These Hispanics that run the roads need to realize they aren’t in a remote town in Mexico. It’s no wonder they are getting run over. Maybe if they were legal they could get a license.

  • HooDatIS?

    looks llike a picture of a overweight betty white on crack
    i hope they find this golden girl and give her over to sally mustycheeks her cellmate in rikers

  • Dj

    Wooo Hooo! Travis made the news and did nothing wrong….

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