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The driver of a vehicle involved in a crash on MD Route 30 (Hanover Pike) that closed the road for hours this morning has died.

The driver, Dinora Aracely Flores (33) of the unit block of Valley Park Court in Damascus, was stopped in the left turn lane of northbound Route 30 at Rue Saint Lo Drive in her 2013 Ford Fusion around 7 a.m. She was rear-ended by a flatbed truck traveling north on Route 30, which pushed her into the oncoming path of a tractor-trailer truck that was traveling southbound on Route 30 through the intersection.

Flores was transported to Sinai Hospital but died around 11 a.m.

The Baltimore County Police Crash Investigation Team is continuing their investigation into this deadly crash.

A Franklin Precinct officer has been transported to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment after a possible exposure to the dangerous synthetic opioid, fentanyl.

The officer was assisting in a multi-vehicle crash investigation on Hanover Pike near Bortner Road around 10:37 a.m. when she was alerted by medics to a possible narcotics violation. EMS personnel discovered a vial containing a suspected narcotic inside the medic unit after releasing one of the drivers who had been placed inside the medic for evaluation. The officer confiscated the substance and placed the driver under arrest for the suspected narcotics violation. She also conducted a search of the driver's vehicle for any additional illegal substances.

Around 11:42 a.m., while enroute to the Franklin Precinct with the arrestee and confiscated suspected narcotics, she began to feel nauseous and stopped the police vehicle on a parking lot at Hanover Pike and Glen Falls Road. Additional police and medics responded to that scene, transporting the officer to an area hospital for evaluation and treatment of a possible fentanyl exposure.

The officer is reported to be in good condition. The name of the arrested suspect is withheld pending formal charging.

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

Revised October 16, 2020               
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