1 dies after 3 struck by hit-and-run driver on I-95

One of the three people struck by a hit-and-run driver in Howard County, Maryland, Sunday night died.

Maryland State Police identified him as Russell B. Eggleton, 40, of Virginia.

The other two who were struck are Kazeem Afolabi, 44, and Khadija Aremu, 40, both of California.

Both remain at the University of Maryland R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with life-threatening injuries.

Maryland State Police said three successive crashes occurred between 9:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on southbound I-95 near Md. Route 100, ending with a hit-and-run affecting the vehicles involved in the two initial accidents.

The chain of events began when a 2020 Nissan Armada hit a deer in the roadway. The Nissan traveled into the left shoulder and struck the guardrail before coming to a stop, with part of the car remaining in the highway’s fast lane. The driver put on the vehicle’s hazard lights.

A southbound 2018 Chrysler Pacifica then struck the Nissan on its passenger side. Its driver pulled to the left shoulder in front of the Nissan and stopped, police said in a news release.

Minutes later, the driver of a third vehicle hit Afolabi and Aremu who had been standing by the Nissan. The driver then struck Eggleton who was standing in front of the Nissan.

Police said that the striking vehicle could be a Toyota Highlander made between 2014 and 2019, based on debris found at the scene.

Police are requesting the public assistance in locating the driver responsible for the hit-and-run crash.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Maryland State Police’s Waterloo Barrack at 410-799-2101, with the option of remaining anonymous.

WTOP’s Colleen Kelleher and Alejandro Alvarez contributed to this story.

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