Student, 20, killed in car accident

May 08, 2007|By Melissa Harris | Melissa Harris,Sun Reporter

A University of Maryland, College Park sophomore from Ellicott City was killed in a hit-and-run car crash near the campus at 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Prince George's County police said yesterday.

Matthew Watson, 20, a 2005 graduate of Centennial High School, was riding in the front passenger seat of a Jeep Cherokee as it turned left from eastbound University Boulevard onto Metzerott Road. A westbound Ford Ranger struck the passenger side of the vehicle, police said.

The driver of the Ranger, Never L. Navarro-Montoya of Greenbelt, fled on foot. Prince George's County police found him lying on the side of the road about one-third of a mile from the scene about 7:30 a.m.

Police charged Navarro-Montoya, 24, with fleeing the scene of accident and possession of a false identification, according to court records.

"Matthew Watson's bright young life was tragically taken by yet another person who made a decision to drive a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol," Maj. Kevin Davis, commander of the police district that includes College Park, said in an e-mail to The Diamondback, the university's newspaper.

When asked to confirm whether the Ranger's driver was intoxicated, Cpl. Diane Richardson, a spokeswoman for Prince George's County police, said that investigators were awaiting the results of a blood sample.

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