Md. police ID victim in fatal, multivehicle hit-and-run that closed I-95

Maryland State Police say they are investigating the pedestrian hit-and-run crash in Prince George’s County that killed one man and closed Interstate 95 for over four hours Sunday morning.

The deceased victim has been identified as 23-year-old Ceasar Alfred Charles Burke of Columbia, Maryland.



State police said the crash happened shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday on southbound I-95 at the Maryland Route 200/Intercounty Connector interchange in Laurel, Maryland.

According to a Maryland State Police news release, Burke and a female passenger had parked on the side of the road and were having a discussion outside of their vehicle.

“During the course of the conversation, the female, for unknown reasons, entered I-95 and Burke attempted to pull her back from the road. While in the roadway, Burke was stuck by a black or gray Nissan Altima, which fled the scene,” the release stated.

As he lay injured on the roadway, an unidentified tractor-trailer also struck Burke but did not stop.

Soon after, a Honda CRV also struck Burke. They, however, stopped on the highway’s shoulder and dialed 911, according to state police.

A portion of I-95 in Laurel, Maryland, was closed for the crash investigation on Sunday morning.

The WTOP Traffic Center reported I-95 South reopened around 2:30 p.m. after the four-hour closure.

Maryland State Police says that their crash team is leading the investigation into the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call: 301-345-3101. 

For the latest road and traffic conditions, see WTOP’s traffic page or listen to updates every 10 minutes online or on the air at 103.5 FM.

Below is a map of the area:


Joshua Barlow

Joshua Barlow is a writer, composer, and producer who has worked for CGTN, Atlantic Public Media, and National Public Radio. He lives in Northeast Washington, D.C., where he pays attention to developments in his neighborhood, economic issues, and social justice.

Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

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