BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Two women have both been identified after they were both struck and killed by a driver while fighting in a roadway in Howard County Saturday night.
Chawn Lamar Bryant, 18, of Philadelphia, PA, and Delcy Martinez Hernandez, 18, of Elkridge were arguing in the middle of Washington Boulevard (Route 1) near Port Capital Drive just after 11 p.m.
A 2002 Honda Civic was traveling southbound on Washington Blvd when it struck the two women. Witnesses told police that the pair were involved in a physical altercation in the travel portion of the roadway.
Police say both pedestrians were pronounced dead after being transported to Shock Trauma.
Rafael Torres thought of Delcy Martinez Hernandez like a sister. He’s still trying to understand what happened.
“I heard she didn’t even know her. I don’t know how they ended up fighting or how they ended up together,” said family friend Rafael Torres
Police initially had issue identifying Bryant, who wasn’t found with identification. Police requested information on a transgender woman who they had identified as the victim. Bryant was later identified after a family member made contact with police.
The driver of the Honda has been identified by police as Zachary Jordan Tillett, 22 of Elkridge.
“I don’t have details about what the Honda driver knew or didn’t know before the collision. However, he stayed on scene. He cooperated with the investigation,” said Lori Boone, Howard County Police.
Tillett also had a passenger, Rachel Elisabeth Aymold, 20, of Catonsville. Neither Tillett nor Aymold were injured.
Police say they haven’t, and have no plans to charge the driver.
“Police don’t know why either pedestrian was there or why the two were fighting,” said Lori Boone, Howard County Police.
Authorities say Route 1 was closed between Route 175 and Montevideo Road for approximately three hours.
Those close to Delcy Martinez Hernandez are struggling to deal with the sudden end to the teenager’s life.
“She would help anybody. If you asked her for something, she would be there for you. She would do anything,” said Rafael Torres.
“She was just with the wrong people,” said Torres.
No additional details are available at this time; the investigation is ongoing.