Perry Hall Hit-and-Run Investigation 'Close' to Completion
Police have not yet charged anyone in connection with the death of 68-year-old Beverly Moore on Seven Courts Drive on Jan. 22.
What began as a short walk for Moore from her Bourbon Court home to Weis Markets on Joppa Road has left a close-knit neighborhood grieving and searching for answers.
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Moore, still holding groceries from her shopping trip, attempted to cross Seven Courts Drive shortly after 7 p.m. on Jan. 22. A vehicle stopped to allow her to cross, but a Ford 500 sedan swerved around the vehicle, striking and killing Moore, before leaving the scene, according to police.
Police announced the Ford 500 sedan had been located in Harford County on Feb. 1., but weeks later, no one had been arrested or charged. The investigation was eventually turned over to the Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office, police confirmed on Feb. 21.
State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger told Patch recently that the investigation into Moore's death was making progress.
"Officers are in the process of reviewing it. We asked the police department to do some follow-up work," Shellenberger said late last week.
"We're close to completing the investigation," he said. He declined to confirm if the investigation was expected to lead to an arrest.
While the suspect vehicle was found in Harford County, Shellenberger said the investigation is being handled by Baltimore County.
Baltimore County police confirmed on March 9 that investigators were continuing to work with Shellenberger's office on the case.
One month after Moore's death, neighbors said an arrest in the case would bring some consolation to the grieving neighborhood.
"We still feel the sadness. It's just so hard for us to understand how this happened," said Cindy Hill, who knew Moore for more than 20 years.
Moore, a widow without children, left behind no surviving immediate family members. A cousin arranged her funeral services, while friends sorted through most of her possessions and found a new home for her cat in the weeks following her death. As of February, Moore's vehicle was still parked along Bourbon Court.
Neighbors were active in assisting police with the investigation and memorializing Moore shortly after the incident.
Multiple signs, urging anyone to come forward with details on the hit-and-run were placed along Seven Courts Drive. A vigil was held along the street one week after Moore's death and small bouquets of silk flowers were arranged along the sidewalk.
Several community members also contacted police about increasing traffic enforcement along Seven Courts Drive, citing speeding and reckless driving as ongoing problems.
On March 2, police placed a speed display device less than a mile north of the hit-and-run.
Capt. Gordon Skinner of the Parkville police precinct said its placement was in direct response to safety concerns shared following Moore's death.