Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein announced Friday that a 37-year-old Baltimore County man has been taken into custody after being indicted in a hit-and-run accident that injured two Johns Hopkins University students in early May.
Prosecutors say Thomas D. Green, of the 1300 block of Vida Drive in Gwynn Oak, was impaired by alcohol at the time of the May 7 accident at the intersection of St. Paul and 33rd streets, injuring sophomore Benjamin Zucker and freshman Rachel Cohen.
Officials said at the time that a Hopkins security officer and two Baltimore police officers working with the school chased down the suspect, who was driving a white 2010 Chevrolet Impala.
Green was indicted on June 16 and taken into custody Friday morning, officials said.
The accident and forthcoming charges apparently didn't keep Green off the road, however. Court records show that while investigators deliberated the case, Green picked up a speeding ticket in Baltimore County on May 31.
Police and prosecutors have been criticized in recent incidents for being slow to charge in serious traffic accidents. The family of Hopkins student Nathan Krasnopoler grew impatient with the investigation into a crash near campus that left Krasnopoler comatose. Family and friends of two teenage girls killed last week on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard have taken to posting on the Police Department's Facebook page, furious that charges have not been filed against a man identified as the driver.
But authorities say they must move cautiously. In 2003, a drunken driver killed a motorcyclist in Howard County, and officers issued a traffic ticket. The driver quickly paid the ticket, and a judge ruled that the resolution of that case meant that charging her with more serious counts would constitute double jeopardy.
"Our objective is to work with the Police Department to ensure we have the best possible case to present to the jury," said Mark Cheshire, a spokesman for Bernstein.
In the Johns Hopkins hit-and-run case, Green faces charges of causing a life-threatening injury as a result of negligent driving while impaired by alcohol, failure to render aid to a victim after being the operator of a vehicle involved in an accident, driving in a reckless and negligent manner, and other charges.
Green does not appear to have a prior criminal record, though he has traffic charges in five separate incidents since July 2009, records show.
Hopkins spokeswoman Tracey Reeves said Zucker and Cohen were able to complete the spring semester, and are expected to return to their studies in August. "We are grateful for the hard work of the Baltimore City Police Department," Reeves said.
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