Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Man charged in connection with hit-and-run that injured woman

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A Langley Park man was arrested Monday in connection with a hit-and-run incident Friday on New Hampshire Avenue that critically injured a woman and killed her dog.

The victim, a Takoma Park resident, remained in serious condition at an area hospital Tuesday, according to Cathy Plevy, a spokeswoman for the Takoma Park Police Department.

Antonio Lopez-Lopez, 24, of the 8200 block of 14th Avenue was charged with failure to immediately return and stay at the scene of an accident involving bodily injury, failure to render reasonable assistance to an injured person, and failure to report an accident involving bodily injury and a domestic animal to police, according to a news release from Takoma Park police.

The woman and her Dalmatian were walking near the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Devonshire Road around 1:30 a.m. Friday when they were hit by a black Honda that witnesses said did not stop, according to police.

The woman was originally found unresponsive and was taken to an area hospital in critical condition. The dog was found dead 10 to 15 feet away from its owner and removed by the Montgomery County Animal Control Humane Society, police said.

Police found the vehicle’s license plate near the scene of the accident and with the help of Prince George’s County police were able to locate Lopez-Lopez at his home. The vehicle was later found in Beltsville.

Lopez-Lopez is being held on $20,000 bond at the county’s central processing unit and may face additional charges, according to police.