UPDATE: Pedestrian Struck, Killed in South County Hit-And-Run

A 20-year-old turned himself in to authorities Sunday evening.

UPDATE (7:10 p.m.)—Police have identified the driver involved in Sunday's alleged hit and run as Stuart James Sohovich, 20, of Edgewater, and seized his vehicle, according to a release.

Sohovich walked into the Anne Arundel County Southern Police District's headquarters Sunday evening, saying that he may be the driver involved in the earlier pedestrian crash, according to a release. Traffic investigators will consult with the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office to determine if any charges will be filed.

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Anne Arundel County police investigated a hit and run that left one man dead Sunday morning on Route 2 and Harwood Road. The unidentified man was found on the edge of the road near the intersection of Solomons Island and Harwood roads at about 7:24 a.m. Sunday, according to police.

“The vehicle fled the scene of the crash after striking the pedestrian,” according to the press release. “It appears the pedestrian was obeying the rules of the road, but was wearing dark clothing at the time he was struck.”

The vehicle involved in the hit and run was described as a 2003 Volkswagen Golf, MK4, based on evidence collected at the scene, according to the release. The vehicle should have significant damage to the passenger side, including the grille, bumper, windshield and mirror.

The identity of the pedestrian is currently under investigation, and will be released once next of kin are notified.

Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman Michael Cox described the man as being in his late teens or early 20s.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact authorities at 410-222-8573.

Stefanie Moreland August 13, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I'm very unlucky and have bad night vision, which is why I have a heart and understanding for someone who didn't see something in their path. Golden rule just doesn't apply in your world huh? I truly hope nothing bad ever happens to you because your cold hearted sarcastic nasty attitude will surely come back to bite you. Oh and I'm response to your nasty attitude. Mrs. Sohovich is not coddling her child, she is an advocate for safe driving and staple of love in our community. And most of all she is a mother. And mothers protect their children when they know that they did no wrong. Wait until you have kids of your own and you will truly understand. If you read her comments she is not just talking about her own child but saying that it is sad for all involved because she knows loss. If you don't have anything nice to say or anything of value to add, take your words elsewhere, viciousness is not needed in such a tender situation.
Mr.Miagi August 13, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Thought he hit a deer?! Seriously I bet anyone "SOBER" could tell the difference between hitting a deer or a person. Also, I find it kind of odd that he didn't find a suitable area to pull over and look at the damage done to his car but instead kept on driving.
Southern student. August 13, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Just saying keep your comments to yourself. 1. This is none of your buisiness. 2 this is a hard situation for both parties so why dont you do them a huge favor and stop commenting with rude, ignorant, and insulting comments. You obviously do not know either parties as I do. So keep your comments to yourself. If you have nothing nice to say dont say it at all. If you want to act immature go do it some where else and not in a situation where someone died. I would be ashamed if I were you. How horrible of a person are you? You and GEORGE. Neither of you were there so keep your ignorant opinions to your selfs!
Mr.Miagi August 13, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Just as any situation would be people have their opinions and remember. "Opinions are like A-holes..everyone has one but everyone thinks everyone else's stinks."
Southern student. August 13, 2012 at 06:47 PM
If you want to share your opinion leave it and go. If this doesn't concern you you don't have the right to be so offensive to either party.
Tee Vee August 13, 2012 at 07:04 PM
As we can see here...some people get their thrill by pushing other people's buttons. Maybe if we ignore them, they will go away. They are not worth the time or energy.
Southern student. August 13, 2012 at 07:19 PM
You are completely right Tee Vee.
cheryl w August 13, 2012 at 07:45 PM
pretty sure it will be the States Attorney office that will decide if charges will be filed, until then, anyone and everyone is entitled to voice their opinion on the matter. Miss Vera and her "friends" may not like it but thats life in the big city. There is a deceased victim here, there also needs to be a voice for him because he isnt here to say what happened. The fact that he turned himself in means nothing, he is local and had no choice but to own up to it, or what? sell his car? leave town? report it stolen?
cheryl w August 13, 2012 at 08:41 PM
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Pissed Off Citizen August 13, 2012 at 10:07 PM
For all of you that claim to know exactly what happened and confess they are privy to a text trail.... congratulations... I'm certain you just became states evidence. Idiots!!! The incident has claimed one life and no doubt drastically changed another's life. If you weren't in that car, you don't know! - Leave this tragic situation to the authorities will ya??
Pissed Off Citizen August 13, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Just Sayin's an IDIOT August 13, 2012 at 10:44 PM
I can't even finish reading the last 10 or so posts.... 'just sayin' is a total idiot, and I'm finding myself losing IQ points reading what he/she has to say !! ....just sayin LOL
sue August 13, 2012 at 11:01 PM
why are you even getting involved with this "just sayin" are you a policeman or lawyer?
ashley collins August 13, 2012 at 11:10 PM
You people are awful.. And obviously in the wrong profession if you think you really knew what went on. I dont know either of the victums so im not taking up for anyone. This child did what any person would have for one. Two if you hit a deer you call dnr to tag it im a hunter and have hit one before. Three at the only ripe age of 20 does a kid getting off work really have the knowledge of what to do a persons mind for common sense that these negotive want to be detectives are talking about is proven to not develop till 24 years of age. And the last thing i know this was an accident but what was this man doing walking rt 2 in the middle of the night i pray for both families. This poor child will suffer for the restof his life with this. Oh and as for him drinking i dont think so he is 20 and the resturants are well aware of the temptation of under age workers drinking and they watch them like a hawk.
Deb Carr August 13, 2012 at 11:31 PM
All I have to say is wow, what is wrong with people? What gives them the right to judge...we you there? If you were then go to the police if not then keep your unwanted opinions to yourselves...you have no idea what happened nor do I however I would bet if it were you, you would be hiding under a rock..
Deb Carr August 13, 2012 at 11:35 PM
This whole thing makes me so angry...put yourselves in his shoes...put yourselves in the pedistrians shoes.....please just let the police do their work and keep quiet.
LaRue August 13, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Just Say'in..change your name to "Just Trolling".
Soco original August 14, 2012 at 12:02 AM
This just shows why you shouldn't have a jury trial in AA county if you're innocent. Too many experts who watched too many crime dramas and have it all figured out. AACO released a report, since then, a young man turned himself in. Maybe they are more careful because they jumped the gun a bit or just don't want to release anything else yet. Maybe he hit him intentionally or was drunk or texting. The victim could have been high on crack or have had a suicide note and jumped in front of the car. Who knows? Regardless, one thing is an absolute fact: No matter what is the truth, not one person will come in here saying they were wrong.
michael joseph August 14, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Hey Cheryl W, and Just Sayin, you may have the right to post cruel comments but that doesn't make you "the voice of reason". It just makes you jerks. None of us were there and so we don't know exactly what happened. The tragic event will be investigated by authorities. The initial police report sounds awkward where it reads: "It appears that the pedestrian was obeying the rules of the road...". There's no way that that could be determined. Maybe he was or maybe he was walking in the middle of the road as witnesses stated. First of all this is tragic for many people- the pedestrian, the driver and their friends and families. Since there is a police statement stating the pedestrian was wearing dark clothing and witnesses reported him walking in the middle of the road in the dark, it definitely sounds as though his behavior contributed to the accident. Unless there is evidence that the driver didn't do what he said afterwards, no one should assume he's not being truthful or that he should be charged. He came forward. It was an accident.
tee August 14, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Such ignorance throughout so many comments. I personally live on harwood, driving those roads every day. Where the man was found has no street lights lit at night. Stuart turned himself in that morning when he heard it was a body. He never meant to hurt any one, especially not take a life. He turned himself in and did the right thing. THERE WERE EYE WITNESSES THAT SAW THIS MAN IN DARK CLOTHES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD THAT LATE AT NIGHT AS WELL. Anyone could have hit him it just happened to be an innocent 20 year old. How was he suppose to look for hair from a deer in the middle of the night? He risked his life getting out to even check. The truth will come out and all of those ignorant people will be shut up finally. My thoughts and prayers are with you Mrs. Vera. I cannot imagine being in your position.
D.W. August 14, 2012 at 02:42 AM
The ignorant people here are the ones who just believe the story this kid is telling without asking questions. He waited until the following evening to turn himself in. Not the next morning, Tee, the next evening according to reports. He had plenty of time to come up with a story about how he thought he hit a deer and stopped to look for it, even turning the car around. Another red flag for me is how he said he was not looking when the accident occurred, he was distracted and looking down. That's an amazing coincidence that the moment he struck a pedestrian who may or may not been in the roadway he wasn't paying attention to what was in front of him. If this is the case then he learned nothing from his brother's accident, nor from his mother's efforts to raise awareness for distracted driving. https://www.facebook.com/groups/217299638304412/ I hope that this is truly an accident and that no negligence is involved. But, as it stands now, there are many unanswered questions.
Happy2BME August 14, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Kristin G. You made a statement regarding judgement which contradicts your entire statement. You only had a brief visual encounter with the victim prior to the fatal "hit and run" crash but through your own words; you have passed judgement on the deceased victim by implying that he was at fault! The number one rule of any auto related accident is to stay on the scene! The young man allegedly drove up and down that section of Route 2 searching for whatever he had struck upon impact. Well, if the vehicle suffered that much damage as what is being alleged by the AACo Police, why would a person leave the area without contacting law enforcement?! You are required to contact law enforcement even if you struck a deer! It would have been impossible to sleep. He should have went back to the area upon day break to look for any signs of an accident. I am praying for both families. The driver's mother has made a statement in her reply to Gerald, that "her son glanced down for a moment." Why? That is not normal behavior when driving at night in a very dark area. Hopefully, the young driver was not sending or reading text messages on a phone. I believe he should surrender his cell phone as well. I am praying for both families.
get informed August 14, 2012 at 03:26 AM
This is an awful tradgedy especially for the victims family. No doubt the driver is going through turmoil as well but commonsense tells us he should have done a bit more due diligence and called authorities Immediately upon hitting something if he was unsure of what it was!
Happy2BME August 14, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Tom, Where do your facts come from alleging that the "police got it wrong?" You have also made statements implying that the deceased person, may have been at fault based on several individuals visual encounter 1:30 before the fatal "hit and run." The young man should have contacted law enforcement immediately and not leave the scene until an officer had arrived. No excuses!
Happy2BME August 14, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Mrs. Sohovich I am saddened to read about the tragic events that your family has endured recently. I know that you will protect your son but he was operating a vehicle late at night in a dark area, distracted! You made that statement in your earlier post. Your son, should have stayed at the scene and contacted law enforcement. Please keep in mind that you were not present at the scene of this fatal "hit and run" also. The term "hit and run" is not limited only to human beings. My written thoughts are not intended to cause harm but comment honestly.
cheryl w August 14, 2012 at 03:39 AM
doubt that he was still walking in the middle of the road at the time he was hit! otherwise there wouldnt be "significant damage to passenger side" .maybe he was going twenty five miles over the speed limit again :)
Happy2BME August 14, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Madison Cornwell You must look at this incident with an open mind. You have have passed blame on the deceased victim too. Nice kids do wrong things also. Yes, the deceased was wearing dark clothing but no one know why this individual was walking. Maybe, the deceased suffered a vehicle break down somewhere further along the roadway and may have been walking in search of help. The young man should have contacted law enforcement immediately considering the alleged vehicle damage being reported and waited for a patrol unit to arrive. The victim may have been alive after the collision before passing away. What was his reason for driving distracted at night?
Tee Vee August 14, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Around and around we go... God took a life that morning when you really think about it, not Stuart and not the young man himself. When you think about the near misses, the way it all lined up...dark road, middle of the night, dark clothes, etc. Haven't we all been distracted while driving at some point, if for a split second? Yes, we ALL have. Many people passed the victim without seeing him...in the dark and the early daylight. It's a tragic accident. You can say "what if" all day long...but no one had control over either young man's destiny in this situation. There was no intent, there was no malice. Stop blaming and start praying.
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