Fatal Hit & Run Driver Arrested
Posted: May 10, 2018 8:20 PM
(Berlin, Md.) - Maryland State Police have arrested a suspect wanted in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash that occurred on Sunday night in Worcester County.
The suspect, Jonathan Torin Kidder, 59, of Berlin, Md., turned himself into the Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack on Thursday morning. Kidder is charged with negligent automotive homicide under the influence of alcohol, homicide by motor vehicle impaired by alcohol, failure to immediately stop a vehicle at the scene of an accident involving death, driving/attempting to drive a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and driving/attempting to drive a vehicle while impaired by alcohol. The State's Attorney for Worcester County, Bill McDermott, was present for Kidder's initial appearance and requested that Kidder is held without bond at the Worcester County Detention Center. Mr. McDermott will also personally appear for the state at Kidder's bond review Friday morning.
Shortly after 10 p.m. on Sunday, troopers from the Berlin Barrack responded to the area of MD 589 and Gum Point Road in Berlin, Md., on a report of a crash involving a motor vehicle and a bicycle. The bicyclist, identified as Jose Eduardo Madrid Pineda, 38, of Berlin, Md., was transported to Atlantic General Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
According to investigators, the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Kidder, fled from the scene. Shortly after 10:20 p.m., troopers from the Berlin Barrack responded to a second crash, with this one located at US 50 and Keyser Point Road. During this crash, the driver of a Chevrolet Yukon rear-ended another vehicle. That driver, also identified as Kidder, exited the vehicle, and briefly talked with the other driver before running away.
Investigators were able to link debris found at the fatal hit-and-run scene with Kidder's vehicle at the scene of the second crash.
During the investigation, the Maryland State Police was assisted by many departments including the Worcester County Sheriff's Office, Maryland Natural Resources Police, Ocean City Police Department, Delaware State Police, Berlin Fire Department and Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration.
The investigation is ongoing...