Pasadena man is found dead on front lawn Medical examiner says 'hit-and-run'

March 27, 1993|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

The body of a man found yesterday morning on the front lawn of a Glen Burnie home apparently was the victim of a hit-and-run accident, the state Medical Examiner's office has ruled.

Anne Arundel County police said a preliminary report indicates that Paul LeRoy Seipp Jr., 33, died as a result of head injuries, most likely as a result of being hit by a car.

Lt. Mike McNelly, who is heading the investigation, said police do not have any witnesses and are asking the public for help. Mr. Seipp lived in the 600 block of 209th St. in Pasadena.

Earlier yesterday, detectives were treating Mr. Seipp's death as a homicide. Lieutenant McNelly said the victim was not wearing shoes and police are still searching for the footwear. He also said there were no skid marks near the body.

Now, it could be auto manslaughter.

"He was my special son," said Mr. Seipp's mother, who would not give her name. "We don't know what happened."

She said her son lived alone, worked part time for the state and was a dance instructor.

A man walking to work about 5:15 a.m. found the body in the 7600 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., near the Glen Burnie Senior High School. The man then called police from a nearby gas station.

Police said they do not know when the accident occurred, but that Mr. Seipp had been released on bail at about 1:30 a.m. from the Glen Burnie court commissioner's office, located a short distance from where his body was discovered.

Court records show that Mr. Seipp had been arrested Thursday night following a car accident in Pasadena and was charged with reckless driving, failure to reduce speed and resisting arrest. Police could provide no more details, but said no one was injured.

Lieutenant McNelly said the accident and the hit-and-run are not related.

A driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident could face an auto manslaughter charge, a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call Anne Arundel County police at 987-8669 or 222-3457.

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