A hit-and-run driver in Maryland struck and killed a man before removing the body from the windshield of his car and fleeing the scene, according to a doorbell camera that recorded the incident.
The victim, 28-year-old Franklin Mendez, was found dead in the street on Ardwick Ardmore Road in Prince George’s County on Saturday, the Prince George’s County Police Department wrote on Facebook.
Officers responded to the 7500 block of Ardwick Ardmore Road for a welfare check at about 4:05 a.m. when they discovered the victim’s body, which appeared to have suffered trauma.
Mendez was pronounced deceased on the scene, police said.
When neighbors checked their doorbell cameras for possible footage of the incident, they found video of the suspect exiting his car and pulling Mendez’s body off his windshield before reentering his vehicle and driving away, FOX 5 DC reported.
The preliminary investigation into the victim’s death revealed he had been involved in an unrelated minor collision about two miles away in the 8900 block of Annapolis Road, according to police. It is believed that Mendez exited his car after that collision and was struck by another car.
Instead of stopping, the person in question continued to drive to Ardwick Ardmore Road where he left Mendez and fled the scene.
The car involved in the incident is believed to be a 2011 to 2017 gray Honda Civic with a large white decal across the top of the back window, police said. The car will have damage to its passenger side front bumper and fender, and will have a hole in the windshield.
Police are seeking public’s help in identifying the suspect and have asked anyone with information to call the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit at 301-731-4422.