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UPDATE (June 21, 2017 3:26 p.m.):

Crash Investigators continue to search for answers after a citizen came forward to report that they may have been involved in the hit-and-run crash that fatally injured a cyclist on Charles Street Monday night.

Police were called to the 300 block of Overbrook Road this morning after the citizen saw media coverage of the crash and recalled striking what they believed to be debris left in the roadway Monday night. Crash investigators believe that the citizen’s vehicle may be a participant in the crash sequence, but continue working to identify all possible leads.

Crash investigators were also able to locate surveillance video from a nearby Exxon Station that depicts the cyclist passing by just prior to the crash. A second video depicts vehicles traveling away from the crash site just after the crash occurred. Police are asking anyone with information on any driver or vehicle they believe may have been involved in this crash to contact police at 410-307-2020.

Original Release (June 20, 2017 9:45 a.m.):

A 20-year-old bicyclist was killed when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver last night in the 6200 block of Charles Street in Precinct 6/Towson.

Aaron Michael Laciny, 20, of the 1300 block of S. Charles Street, 21230, was transported last night with life-threatening injuries to Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased. Investigators believe he was struck by two separate vehicles.

The Baltimore County Police Crash Team was called to the scene just after 10:30 p.m. for a bicyclist struck by a vehicle in the 6200 block of Charles Street in Towson.

Preliminary investigation shows that Laciny was operating a bicycle in the southbound  lane on Charles Street when he was struck by a motor vehicle. Charles Street is a four-lane road, and Laciny was riding his bicycle in the left lane, nearest to the center  line.

Investigation indicates that the vehicle that first struck the bicyclist failed to remain at the scene of the crash.

The bicyclist was struck by a second vehicle, a Cadillac automobile, as it came upon  the crash scene in the dark. The operator of that vehicle contacted police immediately and remained at the scene.

Investigators seek the public's assistance in locating the vehicle that initially struck Aaron Laciny's bicycle. Investigators believe the collision may have taken place somewhere near the area of North Charles Street and Charlesbrooke Road.

The vehicle involved in this collision may have front end damage to its bumper. Police ask anyone with other descriptive information about the suspect vehicle -- or with any other information about this incident -- to come forward as soon as possible. Contact police at 410-307-2020.

Laciny's bicycle was not equipped with reflectors or lights, and the bicyclist was not wearing reflective clothing. He was wearing a helmet.

The Baltimore County Crash Team continues to investigate this crash.

The Baltimore County Police Department is pleased to announce the graduation of the 36th Citizens' Academy Class. The graduation will take place tonight, June 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the England Dansicker Room located in the Public Safety Building, 700 East Joppa Road in Towson.

Chief Terrence Sheridan will present certificates to the graduates who completed the 15-week program. During that time, participants learned about the various units and the many aspects of law enforcement. Officers from specialized units such as K-9, Marine, Aviation and Tactical Operations spoke to the participants and described their duties.

The participants also learned about the precincts, narcotics identification and investigation. They sat in on lectures that covered media relations, community resources and criminal investigations.

The purpose of the Citizens’ Academy is to foster greater communication and relationships between the Department, the community and businesses. The hope is to establish a better understanding of law enforcement.

A DNA sample taken from the remains of former priest A. Joseph Maskell does not match DNA from the murder scene of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik.

The Baltimore County Police Department on Wednesday received results from an accredited laboratory excluding Maskell as a contributor to DNA preserved from the crime scene.

Baltimore County Police detectives, who have been trying to solve the nun’s murder for nearly 50 years, exhumed Maskell’s body on February 28, 2017 to compare Maskell’s DNA to evidence from the crime scene.

A sample of Maskell’s remains was sent to Bode Cellmark Forensics in Lorton, VA for development of a DNA profile. (External analysis of solid evidence for DNA profiling is standard procedure; BCoPD’s in-house laboratory is used only for biological fluids.) This profile was compared with the crime scene evidence.

Maskell is not the first suspect whose DNA has been compared to the crime scene sample. Over the years, BCoPD detectives have developed DNA profiles of about a half-dozen suspects and compared them against the crime scene evidence. None of these suspects’ profiles have matched.

Also, the DNA profile from the crime scene evidence was placed into the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System as soon as it was developed. There have been no matches of the Cesnik crime scene DNA profile with any DNA profile from the national database.

The fact that the DNA profiles of the various suspects have not matched the crime scene evidence does not necessarily exonerate them; it means only that the DNA technology available at this time has not provided evidence of a physical link to the crime scene.

Police Still Seek Leads

Homicide detectives say the negative results from the Maskell DNA profile comparison mean that their best hope for solving the case now lies with people who are still alive and willing to come forward with conclusive information about the murder.

Sister Cesnik’s body was found in a Lansdowne dumping area in January 1970. She was last seen at her Baltimore City apartment just before leaving to run errands in the Edmondson Village area. A fact sheet about the case is available on our web site.

Reward Offered

Metro Crime Stoppers, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards for information in connection with felony offenses.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, text message or online.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

Web tip:

Revised September 27, 2016