Hit-And-Run Claims Life of College Student in Westminster, MD

The Baltimore Sun reports that a 19-year-old college student was killed in a hit-and-run incident on the night of Friday, February 7, on West Main Street in Westminster, Maryland. The two-car collision happened just after 11 pm.

Local police are offering a $1,000 reward for any information regarding the vehicle that killed the student – a Ford pickup truck with an unknown driver. The truck driver, which had been involved in another minor accident minutes before, fled the scene and cannot be located.

Five college students were riding in a Chevrolet Cavalier at the time of the accident, with Thomas Rouleau dying at the scene of the accident. Three other students were transferred to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center with a number non-life-threatening injuries, while the last student was brought to the Carroll Hospital Center with minor injuries. All of the four surviving students have been treated and released from the hospital at this time. Police identified the surviving students as Megan Magee, 19, Nina Minadakis, 19, Patricia Mellott, 19, and David Arnold, 19.The students had planned to go bowling off campus that night.

Rouleau had been sitting in the left rear seat of the vehicle at the time of the crash.

According to witnesses, the Ford truck caused another minor accident while leaving its parking space minutes before the accident. The truck sped down West Main Street, plowing into the students’ vehicle, which had just left the McDaniel campus. The driver of the Ford truck abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot without helping the victims or calling for help.

Despite a search by the Westminster Police Department and the Maryland State Police helicopter, the man could not be located that night.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the department’s main number, 410-848-4646, or the 24-hour TIPS Line, 410-857-8477.

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