UPDATE: Witnesses, Police Saw Pedestrian Before Route 2 Fatal Incident

At least three drivers said they saw a man walking in the middle of Solomons Island Road in south county early Sunday.

Update (3:15 p.m.)—The pedestrian who was struck and killed by a driver on Solomons Island Road in Harwood was seen walking down the middle of the street by at least three drivers before the , police said.

Police identified the killed pedestrian as Kendrick Lamont Richardson, 37, of no fixed address, according to a press release. 

Additionally, police received a 911 call around 2:30 a.m. Sunday about the man walking down Route 2 and an officer apparently addressed the man, telling him to leave the roadway, police spokesman Justin Mulcahy told The Capital.

TJ Haffelfinger was one of several people who told Patch that he saw the pedestrian walking down Route 2 around 1:15 a.m. Sunday.

“I was doing about 60 mph and I didn’t really see him until he was next to me. He was definitely a person in dark clothes. He was walking in the northbound lane heading south,” Haffelfinger said.

An that the pedestrian “appeared to be obeying the rules of the road,” but Haffelfinger, Matt Phipps and Anthony Dechello each told Patch they saw the man walking in the middle of the road.

“He was walking right down the yellow line. Right in the middle—between both lanes,” Haffelfinger said.

“He was walking straight, he didn’t have a limp, he wasn’t stumbling or nothing—just walking straight,” Phipps told Patch.

Vera Sohovich, the mother of the 20-year-old who turned himself in to police and said he “may have been” the driver who struck the pedestrian, spoke with Patch about her son’s experience on Sunday.

“Stuart thought he struck a deer. A dark object landed on his windshield, smashing it, then flew off. He was traveling at 53 mph,” Vera Sohovich told Patch. “He stopped his car, got out, listened for any noise. He heard nothing. He turned his car around and scanned the field of the equestrian center. Saw nothing.”

It wasn’t until after he learned that police were investigating a dead body on Solomons Island Road that the 20-year-old realized that he “may have been” the driver who struck the man, Vera Sohovich said.

“He went immediately to the south county barracks and told the approaching officers ‘it might have been me. I thought I hit a deer,' ” Vera Sohovich said. “He willingly turned over himself and his vehicle. Nothing was seized or forced from him. He is not a criminal.”

A news release from the Anne Arundel County Police Department on Sunday said officers had not filed any charges against Stuart Sohovich following the incident, but were keeping his car while conducting an investigation.

The news release also stated that the crash involving the pedestrian occurred between 2:30 and 7:30 a.m. Sunday.  

Sohovich, of Edgewater, lost her 23-year-old son, Dan, in June 2011 when he lost control of his convertible and died in a violent car accident.

Following the death of her son in 2011, Sohovich created a memorial sign near the site of Dan’s crash in Edgewater that read, “Stop Distracted Driving. In memory of Dan Sohovich ... No Talking, No Texting, No Speeding.”

She also created a Facebook group to promote safe driving in Dan’s honor. Sohovich said she hopes to speak at schools and raise awareness about the importance of remaining focused while behind the wheel.

deb carr August 17, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Cheryl first you seem to know quite a bit about everything, we call people like that busy bodies. I am beginning to think that you have something against the Sohovich family like maybe you are a enemy of Vera? I really feel sorry for people like you, to sit there and criticize people does that make you feel better? I hope that you never have a issue in your family....boy you may stab them in the back too. PS Grow up.
cheryl w August 17, 2012 at 02:15 AM
yes and hopefully it doesnt involve any more "irrelevant" points in someones death! "No matter what the facts are, this was an ACCIDENT!" Seriously! It very well could have been a preventable accident, or an accident that may not have resulted in Mr. Richardons death. You have alot of nerve talking about people judging someone, Get over yourself!
deb carr August 17, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Nanni I was thinking the same thing, however I think she is one of these people who love to get a rise out of situations so I am thinking after I responded that best advice to myself is to IGNORE ignorance.
cheryl w August 17, 2012 at 02:31 AM
I had never heard of the Sohovich family in my life. Therefore, I have nothing against her or her family. I have a right to my opinion just like you do and have not criticized anyone. I am not the one who has a story to tell. I just call it like i see it. If you notice, the name calling is being done by everyone defending the driver, busy bodies, ignorant, idiot. Have a good evening! :)
Karen Murphy August 17, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Unfortunately , however, you did not see it, nor did the rest of us. Therefore all of these opinions are not helping or hurting anyone. This commenting should just stop.
Karen Murphy August 17, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Investigators are consulting with the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office to determine what, if any, charges may be filed against Sohovich, police said Just leave it at that.
Soco original August 17, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Doesn't matter if he was getting off of work or just went for a drive; he's allowed to be on the road. At the end, he will not go to jail, nor should he. Call him a devil or an angel with your comments, the law will determine what happens, not replies on this page. Based on what happened before and after the man was hit, I don't think the law will be able to do a lot to him.
Nanni August 17, 2012 at 09:04 AM
Cheryl- You previously agreed this was an ACCIDENT, then you say "SERIOUSLY?" *scratches head* You have misinterpreted my first post so let me be clear: Irrelevant~ when directly relating to the facts (unfortunatly the investigation has not produced a press release with the facts of this case) therefore your opinion, based off news reports and papers, is irrelevant to the case. Fact- one man is dead the other will face the concenquences either with the law or before God Fact-this was a accident Fact- its not our duty to judge this based, (to be clear) on the facts stated in this post, unless you are directly investigating this case with AACOPD or part of our judicial system Opinion- how would you act if this was your child and you had to read this thread? I know I would be heartbroken to see my child face such trials as I would be forever heartbroken to lose my child while walking down the road. FACT- But WE DO NOT KNOW ALL THE FACTS to what happened in that car,on that road, that night. Nor the condition of either man. You were not present during the accident so you can not factually state it could have been prevented. Have a blessed day ;) Again thoughts and prayers are with the families and victims DIRECTLY involved.
cheryl w August 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM
I think everyone here agrees this was an accident, meaning the driver did not intentionally hit Mr. Richardson! The question is Did he know he hit him? I am not judging anyone, nor will i sit here and defend the driver! Like another poster said "It does not hurt to be skeptical, but it does hurt to let people get away with things because we fear being viewed as judgemental. A man died." By the way, HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF MR RICHARDSON WAS YOUR FAMILY AND YOU HAD TO READ THIS THREAD?! Its obvious who is a friend of the drivers family on this thread and who isnt! Do not address me anymore, because I will not be reading anymore of your craziness. I will sleep good at night. Again RIP to Mr. Richardson.
Karen Murphy August 17, 2012 at 12:06 PM
What makes anyone posting here a friend of the family any more than you are a friend if Mr, Richardson? No one has asked you to defend the driver, however it is not your place to persecute him on here either.
Susan August 17, 2012 at 12:44 PM
No it doesnt matter, but why say one thing and then another????? Thats all I am asking, leads to suspicion.
George Lopez August 17, 2012 at 09:36 PM
As I stated in the previous article from the patch. The issue here isn't whose to blame but the fact a hit and run took place. Is there a chance Mr. Richardson could still be alive if authorities were notified when the incident occurred? His poor body was left on the side of the road for over 4 hours. Was there a reasonable doubt that Mr. Sohovich knew he had hit human being? I do not have all the facts and information to answer this question and neither does anybody commenting on this article, including the families of either party. Thats what this investigation needs to answer.
Karen Murphy August 17, 2012 at 11:52 PM
I guess we all just need to have faith that a thorough investigation will come to a reasonable conclusion whatever that may be. In the meantime even I have learned some things I was not aware of. I've never personally hit a deer but also didn't know you are supposed to call that in to the police. Now I know. My oldest child will be driving soon and I'm using this as a learning tool for her. Hindsight is 20/20, but if we can try to teach our kids from these tragedies at the very least maybe less of this kind of thing will happen. I know I'm not looking forward to my kids being out there driving, or walking for that matter. I wish they could stay little forever so we could protect them but that's just not possible. Hope we can all learn something from this horrible tragedy and that healing can take place for both families.
Sheila H. Gill-Mebane August 20, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Kendrick Richardson's home-going services will be on Thursday, August 23, at Zion Baptist Church located at 4850 Blagden Ave., NW. Viewing is from 9 am - 11 am and service starts at 11:00 AM - noon. Rev. Dr. Keith W. Byrd, Sr. (Pastor) Pls send cards to the family at 1912 19th Street, SE Washington, DC 20020
Sheila H. Gill-Mebane August 20, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Address Correction: 1912 18th Street, SE Washington, DC 20020
BTL August 20, 2012 at 08:13 PM
I knew him and his family personally and he was a good guy, life just got really hard for him. I think it is cruel and reckless some of the comments that have been made. He has a family that loved him dearly, please consider that befor you post. to TOM: the reality of this situation is more than likely the driver went home to sober up and then turned himself in (based on all of the inaccuracies thus far). Although the accident I'm sure was just that, the handling of this case will border around race, and we all know it's true. I sympathize with both families.
Cindy Worsham August 20, 2012 at 08:37 PM
26 miles an hour over the speed limit??!!! Isn't this considered Reckless Driving? I am surprised his license wasn't suspended..isn't that like six points on your license?
malik, omari August 21, 2012 at 01:58 AM
May God Bless you Kendrick Richardson. May you rest in peace.
They Lied August 21, 2012 at 08:56 PM
R.I.P Kendrick
Jonathan Moynihan (Editor) August 21, 2012 at 09:45 PM
A comment was deleted from this thread due to the use of profanity—a violation of Patch's Terms of Use.
Lifeways259 August 21, 2012 at 10:01 PM
@ They Lied, you are on to something. There was an awful lot of scuffling and "damage control" being done to state what the driver was doing following the accident. If anyone is a credible witness please contact the police department. Kendrick, may you rest in peace.
They Lied August 22, 2012 at 01:10 PM
He was drunk. He hit Kendrick and went home. After seeing the news report he and his Mom lied to the police deciding to turn himself in instead of being found. He didn't want to get in trouble for driving drunk but killed a man in the process. He needs to own up to what he has done. He knew he didn't hit a deer...
They Lied August 22, 2012 at 01:22 PM
He waited until his blood alchohol level went down before he turned himself in. Guess he felt he couldn't say "I was coming home drunk and I think I may have hit an innocent person on the road"...
D.W. August 22, 2012 at 01:42 PM
I doubt he will be charged since it will be difficult for a prosecutor to disprove the driver's version of events. If anything, he'll be charged with minor traffic violations.
D.R. August 22, 2012 at 04:38 PM
@DW...not unless they have proof by means of witnesses seeing him drinking, or text messages (which you do not need a subpoena for). I guess we'll see... Either way he's doomed; now in our justice system or later in God's. What a sad, troubled family. God bless to all, especially Kendrick, RIP my friend. If anyone has a drinking problem please go to www.aa.org save yourself first, then you can save others.
DAWNN August 23, 2012 at 09:20 AM
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Marlena Murphy August 24, 2012 at 01:17 AM
I knew Kendrick...he was 37 & I'm 35, but I have vivid memories of our special friendship from age 17- 21. I am shocked at all of the opinions written here. Kendrick was thought of, cared about & loved by many. During my weekend trip from Atlanta to DC, I went to his old home & spoke with his sister on Sat, Aug 11, 2012 asking about his whereabouts & to find out if he was ok. Those of us that knew him, know what he went through. So, please don't make assumptions about why he was walking in the middle of the night. I pray that Kendrick is now able to be at peace.
Nanni August 24, 2012 at 01:33 AM
@George Lopez, @Karen This is my "like" to your posts :)


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