Suspect in fatal accident surrenders

Laurel resident charged in death of pedestrian

January 29, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Laurel man who was charged months ago with killing a pedestrian during an apparent car race on Route 198 in August turned himself in yesterday, Anne Arundel County police said.

Police had been seeking Richard McHale II, 23, of the 9300 block of Steeple Court in the Aug. 10 incident near Red Clay Road.

Police said McHale's white Acura Integra struck and killed Chelliah Johnson, 53, of Riverdale as the victim was crossing the six-lane state highway. Witnesses said the white Acura had been racing a blue one.

Johnson, an employee at the Red Carpet Inn on Route 198 and the father of two young sons, had crossed more than half the highway when he was struck. He had been on his way to pick up Chinese takeout food for himself and a co-worker, police said.

Authorities went to McHale's house after receiving a tip from a caller. He gave them permission to search his garage, but said his lawyer had advised him not to make a statement.

McHale had been charged in an arrest warrant with leaving the scene of an accident, vehicular manslaughter, participating in a speed contest, reckless and negligent driving and speeding. He was to appear before a court commissioner last night.

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