BROOKLANDVILLE, Md — Baltimore County Police are investigating a fiery hit and run crash that resulted in the death of a Johns Hopkins physician.
The incident happened on Saturday just before 11 p.m. on Falls Road at Green Spring Valley Road.
Investigators believe a 2006 Acura TSX was traveling east on Green Spring Valley Road, when it struck a Subaru Crosstrek at the intersection of Falls Road. The Subaru then reportedly collided with a third vehicle, a 2015 Acura MDX, that was traveling in the same direction. Upon contact, the Acura TSX hit a fire hydrant, while the Subrau became fully engulfed in flames.
Prior to their arrival, police say the driver of the Acura TSX, Jason William Hines, fled the scene on foot. He was located a short time later and placed into custody.
The driver and passenger of the third vehicle refused medical treatment.
Baltimore County EMS pronounced the Subaru driver, 35-year-old Nadia Dominique Morgan, dead on the scene. She was an instructor of medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
A preliminary investigation revealed Morgan had a green light and the right of way.
In response to Morgan's death, Johns Hopkins Medicine released the following statement;
We are deeply saddened by the devastating news about Dr. Nadia Morgan. Her death is an enormous loss to the entire Johns Hopkins Medicine family, and to the many patients and colleagues who benefited from her skills and commitment. She was an extraordinarily warm, talented and promising member of our community who gave so much to everyone around her.
According to Morgan's online bio, her primary research interest is in "factors contributing to the severe fibrotic manifestations of systemic sclerosis (scleroderma) in populations of African ancestry. She is the principal investigator on a recently funded grant from the Rheumatology Research Foundation entitled “Interleukin-13 and Scleroderma in African Americans."
Philip Seo is the Director of the Johns Hopkins Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program. He recruited Dr. Morgan to Hopkins. Upon learning of her death, Seo notified his department by writing an internal obituary. Seo shared the memo with WMAR-2.
A portion of it reads as follows;
In 2016, Dr. Morgan became a U.S. citizen. Despite this, she remained tremendously proud of her Jamaican heritage. She often quoted the Jamaican motto, “out of many, one.” She used this as a way of reminding us of her Jamaican outlook, that the aspects of life that drew us together were far more important than the quirks that drew us apart. She had a fierce, independent streak, and a drive to succeed, which was softened by her tremendous compassion for others, which she shared with patients and colleagues alike. She had a magnetic personality and a commanding presence; you could instantly tell when she walked into a room. Like the ginger beer she liked to drink, she was sweetness, tempered with a bit of spice. She is irreplaceable. She will be missed.
Hines, 31, of the 200 block of Joppa Road is being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections on denied bail status for his involvement in the crash.
Crash team detectives are continuing their investigation.