A Cecil County man was killed on Friday night when a pickup truck plowed into him while he was loading a moped into the back of parked car on an Elkton-area road.
Investigators identified the victim as 44-year-old Christopher Scott Larson of the 200 block of Johnstown Road near Elkton.
Authorities reportedly pronounced Larson dead at the scene of the crash near the intersection of Blue Ball Road and Ash Lane near the Childs community.
According to the Maryland State Police, 55-year-old Gerard Donald Barnett, who was driving the truck that struck Larson, drove away from the scene of the fatal collision.
A short time later, a North East Police Department officer reportedly found Barnett walking away from his disabled truck about four houses from his home in the 1000 block of Union Church Road.
Police said Barnett had a blood-alcohol content of 0.19 percent, or more than double the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Investigators have referred the case to the Cecil County State’s Attorney’s Office to determine if charges will be filed against Barnett, who suffered minor injuries in the crash.
Meanwhile, investigators are trying to determine why 45-year-old Daniel Brian Larson, of the 200 block of Hollingsworth Manor in Elkton, left the crash scene on foot.
Police said they believe Daniel Larson was in the driver’s seat of the parked car that Christopher Larson was loading a moped into when he was struck.
On Sunday, state troopers familiar with the case were unavailable to confirm if Daniel and Christopher Larson are related.
A K-9 unit tracked down Daniel Larson in some nearby woods a short time after the collision, police said. He reportedly suffered a gash to his head among other injuries.
Daniel Larson was taken to Christiana Hospital in Delaware, where he spent the night before doctors discharged him on Saturday, a hospital spokeswoman reported.
A blood sample taken from Daniel Larson has been sent to a police lab for analysis, according to police.
According to police, the fatal collision occurred at about 9:45 p.m. on Friday.
At the time, Christopher Larson reportedly was loading a Lemmoter Scooter into the trunk of a 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier that was parked in the southbound lane of Blue Ball Road to the south of Ash Lane. Police have said they believe Daniel Larson was in the driver’s seat of the car.
Suddenly, Barnett’s southbound 1998 Chevrolet Silverado smashed into the back of the Cavalier, crushing Christopher Larson between the two vehicles, police said.
The force of the impact reportedly pushed the Cavalier off of the road, where it overturned.
Police said Barnett drove away from the scene of crash, while Daniel Larson got out of the wrecked car and ran into some nearby woods.
A short time later, a witness reported seeing Barnett getting out of his disabled pickup truck a few houses away from his home on Union Church Road.
Police said Barnett was walking home with the key to the truck in his pocket when an officer with North East Police Department stopped him.
A witness also identified Barnett as the man he had seen leaving the disabled truck.
Neither Barnett nor Daniel Larson were taken into custody.