Maryland State Police Investigate Fatal Hit-And-Run In Garrett County


McHenry, Maryland – Maryland State Police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that left a pedestrian dead Friday in Garrett County.

At about 3:15 a.m. Friday, troopers from the McHenry Barrack received a call that a pedestrian was struck on eastbound I-68 prior to the Friendsville exit.  It was determined the pedestrian was outside of a disabled tractor trailer and the time of the incident.

The pedestrian, identified as Christopher Valencia, 32, of Jacksonville, Florida, was declared deceased at the scene. According to investigators, the striking vehicle left the scene of the accident and is possibly a black 2015 Mercedes sprinter van. The striking vehicle should be missing its passenger side mirror and should have damage to the passenger side headlight. The crash also led to a temporary lane closure.

The Friendsville Fire Department, Northern Garrett Rescue, Garrett County Emergency Services and Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration also responded to this incident. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the McHenry Barrack at 301-387-1101 or 301-895-1101.

The investigation is ongoing.

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