Family Wants Justice After Fatal Hit-And-Run In West Baltimore
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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Questions linger over Monday’s fatal hit and run accident in West Baltimore that killed one man and injured two other people.
Derek Valcourt has an update on the condition of the two survivors.
One of the survivors has already been released from the hospital. The other has been through several surgeries. She is expected to be released some time Thursday.
In West Baltimore, there is strong grief over the death of 42-year-old Terrell Smith. He was killed Monday when another car trying to flee from police slammed into his car at the intersection of N. Calhoun and W. Lexington streets.
Two others nearby were injured. The suspects in the gray car that hit Smith’s got out and ran from the scene.
“It’s important to me. Who did this to my son?” said Rosalind Smith, victim’s mother.
His mother and the rest of his family are heartbroken and frustrated.
Moments before the crash, an officer had spotted the suspect’s car driving erratically and turned on lights and sirens to pull it over. But police say when the car refused to stop and sped off, the officer followed department policy and broke off the chase.
Moments later, that same car collided with Terrell Smith’s car.
“If a person initiates a chase and I’m running, just because you back off doesn’t mean I’m going to stop running. So you initiated this chase. So we want to have a little justice done for my brother,” said Daryl Smith, victim’s brother.
Smith leaves behind a young daughter and a large extended family that wants the suspects who got away behind bars.
“And all I can say it whoever did this, please come forward and serve justice so my cousin can rest in peace,” said Renee Smith-Worthan, victim’s cousin.
“He will never be forgotten,” the victim’s mother said.
Police say in addition to their investigation into the crash, their force investigation unit will be conducting an investigation to determine if police action may have played any role in the crash.
Anyone with information on the identity of the driver that caused the crash and got away can remain anonymous and even earn some reward money by calling Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.
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