On April 18 at 5 p.m., CCSO patrol officers responded to the Shell gas station at 6985 Indian Head Highway, Bryans Road, for the report of a motor vehicle crash in which two pedestrians - an 8-year-old girl and her 31-year-old father - were struck as they crossed the parking lot from the fuel pumps to enter the store. Witnesses indicated the driver of the striking vehicle fled after impact. Officers arrived on the scene and obtained a description of the striking car - a gray Pontiac. A lookout was broadcast and a Maryland State trooper found the vehicle on Thomas Drive, which is a short distance away. Officers continued canvassing the area and located the car’s occupants walking in the parking lot of a nearby shopping center. Upon further investigation, officers learned the driver of the striking vehicle was Jonathan Laquan Bell, 26, of Washington, D.C. He was arrested and charged with numerous traffic violations including failure to remain at the scene of a crash. Bell was remanded to the Charles County Detention Center with a $100,000 bond. The injured child was flown to a hospital where she is in fair condition. The male victim was transported via ambulance to a nearby hospital where he was treated for serious, non life-threatening injuries. Cpl. R. Heishman, Patrol; and Cpl. J. Hopkins, Traffic Operations, are investigating.
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