Forest Hill man charged in hit-and-run Man was struck on I-95 shoulder

November 22, 1992|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer

A 39-year-old Forest Hill man has been charged in a Nov. 8 hit-and-run accident in which he allegedly struck a man on the shoulder of Interstate 95 in Baltimore County, police said.

Police arrested Keith David Serra last Sunday, ending a weeklong search.

Mr. Serra was charged with several traffic violations, including failure to stop and failure to remain at the scene of an accident involving personal injury.

The victim, Ronald Thomas of Woodbridge, Va., was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where part of his right leg had to be amputated.

He was in serious but stable condition Friday.

State Police investigating the accident received a tip last Sunday on Mr. Serra's whereabouts, then notified Baltimore police.

Mr. Serra was arrested at a North Bond Street residence.

Police questioned Mr. Serra at the Eastern District station, and he was then taken to Baltimore County for a bail hearing. He was being held in lieu of $25,000 bond.

Witnesses told state police they saw a 1981 station wagon veer off Interstate 95 about 5:30 p.m. and strike a man who had gotten out ofhis vehicle near the Cowenton Road overpass in Baltimore County.

The registered owner of the station wagon, Mr. Serra's wife, Josette, had told state police that her husband was driving it to Baltimore City about the time of the accident, police said.

The vehicle was found Nov. 10, abandoned at the Campus Hills '' Shopping Center in Churchville.

Cpl. Nick Paros, public information officer for the Maryland State Police JFK Barracks, said police received many tips and were helped by several witnesses, including one person who reported following the station wagon.

Corporal Paros said evidence recovered at the accident scene may lead to additional charges.

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