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12-year-old boy killed after being struck by van

Posted at 10:38 PM, Apr 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-23 07:28:55-04

A child is killed after being struck by a work van.

At about 3:21 p.m., Sunday Anne Arundel County Police responded to Andrew Hill Road and Bay Green Drive for a pedestrian struck.

A preliminary investigation revealed a Chevrolet work van driven by 37-year-old Michael Blair Gauthier was traveling westbound on Bay Green Drive when it drove off the road and struck 12-year-old Matthew Murphy on the sidewalk, who was with his mother and brother.

The van came to a stop after striking a tree nearby.

After being flown to Johns Hopkins Children's Center, the victim died.

The van driver was taken to an area hospital for minor injuries. Results of a toxicology screening are pending.

Investigators say the preliminary cause of the crash appears to be reckless driving and and failing to remain in a single lane.

After consulting with the States Attorney's Office, police arrested Gauthier on charges of negligent manslaughter and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.