Man changing tire killed in hit-and-run Balto. Co. motorist charged with drunken driving

November 17, 1997|By Liz Bowie | Liz Bowie,SUN STAFF

A man who stopped on Route 100 in Laurel to change a flat tire on his car was killed in a hit-and-run incident early yesterday, state police in Glen Burnie reported.

Later, Howard County police arrested a drunken driving suspect, whose license had been revoked, in connection with the fatality.

State police said Mark Jeffrey Schroyer, 40, of the 9200 block of Traders Crossing Road in Laurel was changing a tire on his 1993 Chevrolet Geo on Route 100 at Coca Cola Drive in Laurel. A 1997 Ford van struck him and the back of his car about 12: 42 a.m. and kept going, police said.

Schroyer's passenger, Michael James McFarland, of the 800 block of Old Riverside Road in Brooklyn Park, suffered neck injuries and was released yesterday afternoon from Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

Police said McFarland was at the front of the car, where he had gone to put on the Geo's emergency brake, and Schroyer was standing beside the trunk when he was struck.

Police found Schroyer dead at the scene when they arrived shortly before 1 a.m., and broadcast a description of the car that was involved in the accident.

Howard County police saw a car fitting the description in Laurel and arrested the driver at U.S. 1 and Whiskey Bottom Road.

Trooper Julie Guyer said Richard Darrell Ward, 50, of the 1100 block of Courtney Road in Arbutus, Baltimore County, was charged with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

Sgt. Michael Powell of the Glen Burnie Barracks said that Ward has a history of drunken-driving violations and that his license had been revoked.

Pub Date: 11/17/97

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