Snow contributes to pair of hit & run accidents

Posted at 4:53 PM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 06:34:55-05

A woman was killed and a man injured in separate hit-and-run accidents along Northern Parkway over the weekend.

The plows appeared Monday to clear the snow back to the sidewalks along the road more than 48 hours after the mounded up shoulders played a role in 46-year old Tammy Aversa's death as she walked to a bus stop a block from her home.

"When she got hit, my mother's like, 'Go see what's wrong with your sister,' so I ran up on the corner and she was lying on the ice and I knew she was dead," Sonya Grant said.

A struggling addict, it appears Tammy was heading out to a clinic for her daily dose of methadone when the piles of snow pushed her out into the street.

"You had to be in the street because the bus stop was covered that high up,” said Virginia Dunlap, the victim’s mother, “You could see it up there right now. So she had to be in the street for her to catch the bus."

The following day, a policeman traveling eastbound on Northern Parkway in Northeast Baltimore discovered a 26-year old man who had been hit by yet another hit-and-run driver.

"When all of the sudden, he looked up. He had to swerve to avoid hitting a male who was lying in the middle of the street,” said Det. Donny Moses of the Baltimore City Police Department, “He got out to render aid. That victim was suffering from obvious head trauma and an apparent broken leg."

Police have little to go on in that case, but the car, which hit Tammy Aversa is believed to be a late-model Ford Taurus or Mercury Sable.

Her family is appealing to that driver to come forward.

"All I'm asking is whoever it was turn their self in. There's no harm done. Just come and face it. Any accidents can happen,” Grant said, “All I'm saying is that she didn't have to die like that. It only took a phone call even if you wanted to go away. It didn't take nothing, but a phone call to emergency, because they say she was out there for an hour before someone even found her."

If you have any information, which could help lead police to either driver, you can call the police department's CRASH team at 410-396-2606 or just dial 911.

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