A family in Pasadena, Maryland is doing everything it can to identify the man or woman who struck and killed a loved one in a hit-and-run accident. Most recently, the family of the slain tow-truck operator is offering a $12,000 reward for anyone with information that could lead to answers in the case.
The original reward was $2,000, offered by Metro Crime Stoppers, but the towing company for which the victim worked added $10,000 to the fund in hopes it will lead to some answers in a case that has left two small children without a father.
The accident happened back in August while the 38-year-old victim was working. The man was preparing to tow a truck that had broken down on the eastbound portion of Route 100 near Oakwood Road in Glen Bernie, Maryland in the early morning hours. In doing so, he was struck by an oncoming car and died at the scene.
The vehicle suspected to have hit the man was a burgundy Nissan Pathfinder. The Pathfinder likely has a broken mirror on the passenger side and may have lost one of its hubcaps. Once the vehicle struck the man, it was seen taking the Oakwood Road exit of the highway and headed north on Hospital Drive.
His death has left his wife of 12 years and children, ages 3 and 1, in mourning. His colleagues knew the man as an incredibly skilled worker and someone many people came to for advice when faced with more complex jobs.
The family hopes to find out who was at fault in the deadly crash. If a suspect is found, police may choose to press criminal charges. Similarly, the family may decide to file a lawsuit in civil court in hopes of obtaining compensation to cover lost wages of the deceased and funeral costs.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, "$12,000 reward offered in fatal hit-run of Pasadena tow-truck operator," Andrea F. Siegel, Nov. 10, 2011