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Date: Sep 12, 2018

One woman was killed and another critically injured when a Chevrolet Silverado struck them on Hanover Pike last night, and fled.

The two women and another friend stopped at the Colonial Inn at 15102 Hanover Pike, 21155 around 11:30 p.m. last night. While the friend went inside the two women walked around to the back of their vehicle and were standing partially in the travel portion of Hanover Pike when a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck approached them in the southbound lane. The truck struck both woman and continued driving southbound with significant damage to the truck. The driver of the truck, Scott Anthony Kozera (40) of the 4600 block of Lower Beckleysville Road in Hampstead, stopped the truck about two and a half miles further down Hanover Pike when he began experiencing engine trouble following the crash.

An alert officer responding to the call saw the truck parked on the side of the road and, realizing it matched the initial description of the suspect vehicle, stopped and investigated. Officers quickly confirmed that this was the suspect and suspect vehicle and placed him under arrest. He is presently charged with hit-and-run violations and driving an uninsured vehicle. The case will be forwarded to the Office of the State's Attorney for further review and charges.

When police and EMS arrived on the scene they found 26-year-old Cana Maree Ratchford of the 2400 block of Sandymount in Finksburg and her 25-year-old friend laying in the street. Both were transported to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma where Ratchford was pronounced deceased. The other woman remains in critical condition.

Kozera is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on no bail status pending a bail review hearing.

Booking photo of Scott Anthony Kozera

The Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit is investigating a third overnight shooting that happened just before 3 a.m. in the 1600 block of Thetford Road off of Loch Raven Boulevard, the second shooting for the Towson Precinct last night.

It began as a home invasion robbery that led to one of the occupants of the home suffering at least one gunshot wound to the upper body. Police believe this home was targeted because of specific items that were taken from the home. Police are now looking for two suspects related to this crime that fled the location before police could arrive on the scene.

Anyone who has information about this crime is asked to contact police by calling 410-307-2020.

While Violent Crimes Detectives continued to investigate a shooting on Solar Circle last night where a man was shot in the leg, another call came out for a man shot in the leg in Woodlawn.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit responded to the 2600 block of Purnell Drive after a resident called 9-1-1 when the victim indicated he'd been shot. The first arriving units found the victim, an adult man, suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment and is expected to survive. Preliminary information indicates that he was shot following a verbal altercation with the suspect near the corner of Purnell Drive and Royal Oak Avenue.

The suspect fled the location prior to arrival of police. Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020.

Revised June 27, 2017