LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A man is dead following a strange series of events during which the driver of the car he was a passenger in stopped to help a disable vehicle on the side of the road in Annapolis.
Police say a 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer stopped around 4 a.m. to offer assistance to a disabled vehicle on St. Margaret’s Drive. Then a confrontation ensued between the occupants of Mitsubishi and one of the male occupants of the disabled vehicle, later identified as 19-year-old Nathan Dunn.
During the confrontation, Dunn punched or kicked the Mitsubishi on its passenger side, according to police. An officer arriving at the scene then witness the driver of the Mitsubishi backing up and striking Dunn. When the vehicle pulled away, Dunn grabbed onto the spoiler and was dragged for a short distance before falling to the roadway.
Upon witnessing this, the officer activated his emergency equipment. The vehicle then accelerated eastbound away from the incident.
After being pursued for about a mile, the Mitsubishi lost control and struck a tree.
A passenger in the back of the car sustained extensive head injuries and was transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. He has been identified as 29-year-old James Patrick Darcy Jr. of Annapolis. No one else sustained life threatening injuries.
Excessive speed and alcohol are both considered contributing factors in the fatal collision.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing. The Anne Arundel County Police Department is working closely with the State’s Attorney’s Office to determine if and what charges are warranted.