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Police Seek Seven Courts Hit-and-Run Suspect

Beverly Moore, a 68-year-old woman, was struck by a vehicle near her Perry Hall home Sunday night.

UPDATE (Jan. 23, 4:42 p.m.)—A 68-year-old woman, who was struck and killed by a vehicle along , between Lincolnshire Court and Neves Court, Sunday night in Perry Hall has been identified, police said.

Police identified the hit-and-run victim late Monday afternoon as Beverly Moore of the unit block of nearby Bourbon Court, according to county police spokeswoman Louise Rogers-Feher. Police also requested the public's help in identifying possible suspects.

A vehicle traveling southbound on Seven Courts Drive stopped to allow the woman to cross the street shortly after 7 p.m. Another vehicle then drove around the stopped vehicle, struck Moore and fled the scene, according to Baltimore County police spokeswoman Elise Armacost.

Moore was pronounced dead at at 7:55 p.m., according to Armacost.

Witnesses described the vehicle that hit Moore as a light colored four-door Ford 500 sedan, built between 2005 and 2007, Rogers-Feher said. The car likely has damage to the right front bumper, the right headlight and possibly the hood and right front panel, she said. No information was available on the vehicle's license plates.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact police by calling 410-307-2020.

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Cathy Ness January 24, 2012 at 12:26 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to Mrs. Moore's family. I hope the vehicle is identified and the driver is brought to justice. Seven Courts has become a nightmare lately. I am so afraid that someone is going to be seriously hurt around the circle. Nobody knows how to drive through it. People just plow through without thinking. I have almost gotten hit several times. People need to slow down and think when they drive these days. There are too many distractions. If you need to use the cell phone pull over and stop in the shopping centers. Don't think that you are the only one on the road. Pay attention to others.
Paul Amirault January 24, 2012 at 12:32 PM
What were they thinking? Put a shopping center near townhomes and do not account for the fact people will walk to/from the shopping center? People will/did get hit crossing a 4 lane road. SOP for government. Sadly, this is the result. It always takes a death to prevent future deaths. Sickening.
Bob Kraft January 24, 2012 at 01:22 PM
My heart goes out to this woman's family, a horriable thing to lose a love one in this matter. And I hope who ever did this is caught and punished. But before we redesign the road and add speedbumps and traffic circles. From the account written the victim was crossing the street illegally. She was crossing in the middle of the block which is "j-walking". . If I'm wrong , I'm sorry but from the info here that seems to be the case. I'm also not saying the driver was not at fault, but we need to look at all the reason's something like this occurs to prevent it again.
Paul Amirault January 24, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Bob, in order to cross Seven Courts, you have to jay walk unless you go to the light at Joppa Rd. There are no crosswalks.
Deb January 24, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Well, something has to be done. For instance, there is a young lady who drives a tan vehicle in the morning around 7:30 who is tailgating, trying to beat the school bus, and weaving in and out of traffic in order to do this. If one happens to do the speed limit, she will become annoyed and continue to "ride your bumper" until such time she can pass you. So, it is not one tragic event that should cause some changes. It is also those accidents that are waiting to happen.
Immanuel Baptist Church January 24, 2012 at 02:32 PM
People in general are just plain rude drivers. I finally had to take the large "Student Driver" sign off the back of my van when I took my son out. I think it actually made us a target. He was tailgated all the way down Seven Courts one day - dangerously close - and he was doing the speed limit. People are ridiculous. I hope they catch the person who hit the woman. The few seconds they tried to save may end up costing them some years in jail - at least I hope so.
JCG January 24, 2012 at 03:10 PM
My prayers go out to the family of this woman. Hopefully, when the killer is caught, he/she will be put behind bars and never see the light of day again......but they will probably get time off for GOOD BEHAVIOR. Regarding speed bumps.......forget it. We had them installed on our street and I'd say that 75% of the drivers DO NOT slow down. The bumps are a poor design, they are too gradual. If the bumps were shorter ( 2 ft.) and steeper (6 in. ), MAYBE people would slow down. The real problem is that too many people are in a big hurry. People are constantly pulling out right in front of me at a distance of ~ 20 yrds. In fact, I'll bet that most of the poeple responding on this forum are guilty of the afore-mentioned. Do the speed limit and show some courtesy......please.
Tim January 24, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I was guilty of this - when I was younger :) Now? nah. Perspective changes when you have your first kid. At least it should. Outside of potentially being a speed camera victim for interstate speeding, I'm about as safe a driver as they come these days. I won't weave around people or anything, but if the flow is all going 80 except for the one person going 70 in the far left lane, yeah, I'll go around them.
Paul Amirault January 24, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Interesting point, studies have shown that speed differential is a significant contributor to accidents. Either going too fast or too slow. Case in the point, the person in the left lane doing 55 MPH because that's the limit results in drivers changing lanes to go around them. Yes, that driver is following the law, but it results in lane changes which on Interstates is where problems begin.
Sharon J. Remeikis January 24, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Everyone in the area should be looking for this light colored Ford 500 sedan with front end damage everywhere they go and get the tag# and call police ASAP letting them know where the vehicle is and traveling. We need to get this person and make sure this doesn't happen again. To another innocent victim. This could have been your wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend or neighbor! Let' help our police dept find this vehicle and get them off the road. Thank you all in advance for your help.
Tim January 24, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Absolutely Paul, it's something that is always glossed over. Going 50 in any lane really on an interstate with a speed "limit" of 65 is as dangerous to others as the guy going 90 in the left lane in 'space'. The real accident causers are the ones who, speed regardless, bob and weave through traffic. If I'm a police officer and I see two guys - one just straight speeding, the other speeding less but driving "aggressively" I'm going to pull the second guy every time. It's the aggressive driving more then the speeding.
Sean January 24, 2012 at 04:58 PM
First off, my condolences to the family. I question the person who stopped in the middle of Seven Courts to let someone cross. That puts EVERYONE in danger. There is no cross walk to stop at or a sign that others can abide by, so the natural thing to do is go around them. How was that driver supposed to know someone is crossing? That being said, the hit and run is absolutely disgusting and I pray this person is caught and held to the highest punishment possible. I lived on Seven Courts since I was 7 years old (31 now) and I was never allowed to cross the street because of how dangerous it is. Please no speed humps and bumps.
Tim January 24, 2012 at 05:37 PM
He's supposed to know someone is crossing by, you know, PAYING ATTENTION to the road while you drive.
Rose January 24, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Yes, giving the right-away to someone who is trying to walk across the road, can be dangerous for them, if you have cars behind you. BUT...someone driving that truck, hit & killed this woman & drove off. How can people do that (leave another human being lieing in the street)???? Most of us would stop if we hit a cat!
Carla Weber January 24, 2012 at 10:09 PM
It's the Indianapolis 500 of Seven Courts....very dangerous. I never allowed my children to cross Seven Courts, too many speeders, even though there is the circle on Proctor & Seven Courts that hasn't slowed them down. My prayers are with the family. I pray they find who did this and pray they are given a sentence worth the cost of her life.
Sharon January 24, 2012 at 10:15 PM
I drive Harford Road every day and this is also an issue. Everytime I stop for someone in a crosswalk someone behind me speeds around me. I'm afraid one day my following the the law will lead to the harm or fatality of a pedestrian.
Tracey January 24, 2012 at 10:33 PM
as an aside, the cross walks at Joppa road are pretty useless for pedestrians. even with a cross signal, one risks getting hit by a car, since the light turns green at the same time. At the back stairwell entrance to the shopping center, why not a flashing light that can be activated by a pedestrian on either side. Drivers would only have to stop in the event of an actual crossing.
Tracey January 24, 2012 at 10:35 PM
also, when I drove by this area at 5PM on Tuesday it looked as if channel 13WJZ is doing a story.
Evets January 24, 2012 at 11:48 PM
I guess 'jay-walking' is an offense punishable by death in out society today? And I guarantee from 40 years of experience running on the roads of the USA, it is just as dangerous to cross at a crosswalk. At least crossing Seven Courts in the middle of a block requires you to only look for cars travelling in 2 directions. Crossing at the crosswalk at Joppa Road is like Russian Roulette, as there are cars coming from at least 3 directions (sometimes 4), and a red light or a white walk signal means nothing to most drivers. I have an idea though - how about we try to show some courtesy and patience while driving. And put away the cell phone while you are driving, especially that woman in the green Focus today at about 4:25 who made a right out Seven Oaks ES w/o stopping and w/o bothering to look to her right because she was too busy checking her text messages. Also, put your kid in a seat belt!
Rose January 25, 2012 at 12:21 AM
So sorry for the family and their loss. I shop at that Weis every week and fear that road. I live on a road that is a cut through from one main road to another. Cars speed past so quickly I am afraid to exit my vehicle to get in the house until the coast is clear. They put in speed humps and unfortunately I live past the last one. By the time they hit that thing they are angry and speed as fast as they can to get to the end of the block. Something is seriously wrong in this society. Too many people are angry and in a hurry. Speeding only saves you about 2 minutes.
nancy sumpter January 25, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Whover hit this woman needs to come forward. How sad. I live in the area also, and wonder why that person was in such a hurry to keep going. They must have been impaired by drugs or alcohol. God blee the woman and her famiy.
jeff January 25, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I live on Pinedale and the "humps" do little to slow people down, especially going downhill from the Seven Courts direction. It was worse before the humps, but people just drive too reckless around here. Hope this trash gets caught very soon.
Tim January 25, 2012 at 08:50 PM
cool, let's bring them in then. I've got no issue going 30-33 through there. Lots of people walking on that street, especially in the warmer months.
Paul Amirault January 25, 2012 at 09:08 PM
I can't hit those at 30 with my SUV. More like 10.
s nemphos January 25, 2012 at 09:18 PM
I have lived off of Seven Courts Drive for 12 years and have seen a child air lifted after being struck by a car and a SUV rolled over on it's hood from an accident. This road has always been a speeder's haven. I had written to Vince Gardina's office many years ago about this problem. I don't know exactly what the solution is but SOMETHING has to be done! Speed bumps would work or cameras. Strangely enough I saw radar on Joppa Road (the commercial part of Joppa Rd. ) this morning but not on Seven Courts Drive hmm? There is an elementary school and ball fields on Seven Courts Drive so something needs to be done about this very serious problem. The person who did this has to "man-up" and report this offense. A lot of these accidents are occuring on weekends (my brother was killed crossing Harford Road on a Sunday night) and I've never seen any radar out on the weekends.
Parkvillehoney January 27, 2012 at 07:29 AM
Now that David Marks is our councilman maybe he can get involved. If speeding is so bad, I think speed cameras should be installed. There was excessive speeding in front on Parkville High on Putty Hill Ave for years. Speed cameras were installed and the majority of speeding has stopped. I don't like speed cameras. If speed cameras help to slow speeders and save a life, I am all for it. It is sad "big brother" has to watch our driving behavior because some people can't obey the speed and driving laws. I hope the Baltimore County Police set up radar and pull over drivers for speeding and aggressive driving.
David Marks January 27, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Seven Courts Drive is a classic example of 1970s/1980s engineering that was designed to move traffic with little seeming interest in surrounding neighborhoods and community institutions. Honeygo Boulevard is another example; the road does an excellent job of moving traffic, but it is hardly friendly to pedestrians who want to access Joppa View Elementary School and other places. I established a Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee a year ago that has been looking at improvements throughout the Fifth District, including Seven Courts Drive. We will do what we can.
s nemphos January 27, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Mr. Marks. Glad to see you posted a comment and to read that you do have a Committee in place but the time has come for action. I've seen cars clocking 60 mph and practically on two wheels turning the bend near Hapsburg Court. If this situation is not corrected - mark my word here, there will be a much greater catastrophe to deal with. My greatest fear has been that a car will plow into a bus stop (Hapsburg's bus stop is actually where the bend begins and they pick up speed there) and kill a bunch of school aged children. Morning drivers are half asleep, talking on cell phones, applying make-up, multi-tasking, and in a big hurry to get to work and they don't care who they have to jump over to get there. I raised two boys on Hapsburg Court and most mornings I drove them to school because I did not want them waiting on the bus stop with speeding traffic flying by. Radar only helps temporarily but speed bumps and more importantly, cameras would do the trick. The comment before mine mentioned Parkville High School's cameras - fantastic idea! PLEASE DO NOT LET ANOTHER ACCIDENT OR A TOTAL CATASTROPHE HAPPEN ON YOUR WATCH! Thank you.
Immanuel Baptist Church January 27, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I live a little futther down Seven Courts and I always made the children stand WAY back from the bus stop. I remember every morning telling them all to move back because it scared me to death the way people drove past, sometimes inches from the curb to pass another vehicle. The fear of a car plowing into a bus stop loaded with children is not far-fetched. It's happened in other areas before. People drive like maniacs in the morning.
Barbara Jackson March 01, 2012 at 11:05 PM
It is very sad that someone could do such a tragic thing and live with themselves afterwards! It is a speedway!

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