West Virginia woman arrested in Carroll County hit-and-run

TAYLORSVILLE, Md. - A 47-year-old West Virginia woman has been arrested in New Jersey in connection with last month's hit-and-run in Carroll County that left a teen seriously injured.

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Maryland State Police said Tania I. Brown, of Augusta, W. Va. is facing numerous traffic charges following the Sept. 14 incident in which she allegedly struck Michael Fuller Hatfield, 18, of Mount Airy at the intersection of Rts. 26 and 27 in Taylorsville Troopers believe evidence indicates Brown was driving a 1999 Mazda when she struck the victim and failed to remain at the scene.

Police said troopers were able to locate Brown thanks to help from the public. Troopers then coordinated with officers from the North Plainfield (N.J.) Police Department and Brown was arrested without incident on Oct. 3. In addition, the Mazda troopers believe Brown was driving at the time of the hit-and-run was also located and recovered as evidence. 

Brown is currently being held in New Jersey pending extradition back to Maryland to face the charges.

So far, Hatfield has undergone surgery on his shattered left leg, four bones were broken in his right leg and he also suffered severe abrasions from the pavement.

A pair of young men leaving a nearby restaurant spotted Michael lying in the road and ran to his rescue stopping traffic until paramedics could arrive, but investigators with the Maryland State Police are asking the public to come forward with information that could lead them to the hit-and-run driver.


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