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Perry Hall Man Charged in Seven Courts Hit-and-Run

David Grayson French Jr. has been arrested and charged with striking and killing a woman with his vehicle along Seven Courts Drive on Jan. 22.

Nearly 12 weeks after was killed in a incident on Seven Courts Drive, police have announced charges against a Perry Hall man.

David Grayson French Jr., 25, of the unit block of Sandstone Court, was indicted by a grand jury and charged as the person responsible for Moore's death, according to a Baltimore County Police Department news release.

French turned himself in to the Towson police precinct on April 10 and is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $500,000 bail, the release stated.

How did the incident impact you and your community? Is reckless driving an ongoing problem along Seven Courts Drive? Tell us in the comments.

Moore, a 68-year-old resident of Bourbon Court, was killed while attempting to cross Seven Courts Drive shortly after 7 p.m. on Jan. 22. Still holding groceries from a shopping trip at , a vehicle stopped to allow her to cross near the intersection of Lincolnshire Court, but a Ford 500 sedan swerved around the vehicle. The Ford 500 sedan , before leaving the scene and turning westbound on Joppa Road, according to police.

With the help of an anonymous tip, police located the in the 1600 block of Denise Drive in Bel Air on Feb. 1, near a residence of French. Weeks later, the investigation has been turned over to the Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office.

State's Attorney told Patch in mid-March that the was making progress and he believed it was close to completion.

"Investigators have been working since that time to identify the driver of the vehicle and obtain enough evidence to charge the person responsible for Beverly Moore’s death," police announced on April 11.

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On the one-month anniversary of Moore's death, 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 , while friends sorted through most of her possessions and found a new home for her cat. Moore's vehicle was still parked along Bourbon Court into February.

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 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  driving as ongoing problems.

On March 2, police placed a less than a mile north of the scene of the hit-and-run.

of the Parkville police precinct said its placement was in direct response to safety concerns shared following Moore's death.

Will the arrest help bring closure to the family and neighborhood? Tell us your reaction in the comments.

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Roberta April 14, 2012 at 02:07 AM
@ just a guy ~ My thoughts exactly! He was indicted on 04/02/12, at which time a Criminal Warrant was issued for his arrest. He turns himself in to the authorities 8 days later, on 04/10/12. Oh well, so much for the 'Guilty Conscience' Theory!
Margaret April 14, 2012 at 02:12 PM
I am glad that the police caught the person. Now he should stay in jail and repent of his sins
Anonymous April 14, 2012 at 10:57 PM
To just a guy...The police did not find his car "hidden" in Harford county... I suggest you go back to your source and get the facts straight...
Anonymous April 14, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Peggy Boyd...Yes, I am a resident of Perry Hall..And yes, my kids did do Perry Hall Rec. but they were so disorganized that I went to another Rec. and was much satisfied with that organization. And I'm glad I never met Paul Amirault..They've said that he has respect??? What dictionary has he been using??? His comments have no more respect then the dictionary he's been using...
Paul Amirault April 15, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Simply pathetic. Defending a person who killed a lady crossing the road, then running.
Ellen Hodgins April 15, 2012 at 02:06 PM
There should be a crosswalk near the Weis parking lot. I don't see why someone would flee a scene unless they had something to hide. Because if he hadn't been drinking or speeding excessively it actually wouldn't have been his fault. But then again if he was going 30 mph, she may have lived. It's just so sad and unfortunate.
Ellen Hodgins April 15, 2012 at 02:13 PM
I've been wondering this same thing... This car was a catalyst in a horrible accident. I would have done the same thing and gone around the stopped vehicle and you wouldn't see the pedestrian until you were right upon them. Lots of mistakes made ... and just an unfortunate turn of events.
vv April 16, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Jokes on the idiots here arguing
Rick Moore April 16, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Beverly Moore was my stepmother. She and I, and members of my family had some extreme differences while my father was sick and we had not spoken since 2009 at my father's funeral. I wish I had the chance to resolve those issues. I had known her for since I was a little kid, about 30+ years and despite our differences I was completely sick to my stomach when I heard about this, especially that it was a hit and run. She did not deserve to die this way, nobody does. She did not like to drive in bad weather and it was icy that night. I wish i could have taken her to the store that night. I cant imagine how my father would have dealt with this if he were still alive. He loved her very much. Please have respect for my family. "DK" said one of the only things that made any sense...."if only she could speak for herself". Because I guarentee you, she knew how to speak for herself. "John Doe", you are just a heartless coward and "anonymous" I wish you would just stop posting. David French Jr will have a chance to defend himself and will answer to the Judge and Jury and God. Perhaps God must have already gotten in touch with him because he turned himself in. I, and alot of other people are very thankful for that.
Tim April 16, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Our condolences for you and your family's loss, Rick.
Emily Kimball (Editor) April 16, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Hi Rick, Thank you so much for commenting. I wanted to make sure you also saw the followup article I wrote, Neighborhood Reacts to Perry Hall Hit-and-Run Arrest, http://patch.com/A-syzs. Beverly is also greatly missed in her neighborhood.
Rick Moore April 16, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Thanks Emily. I had been following this closely through this website. It has been my only source for information.
Emily Kimball (Editor) April 16, 2012 at 05:03 PM
You're welcome, please contact me at emilyk@patch.com or at 443-630-6983 if you have any questions or concerns.
Rick Moore April 16, 2012 at 06:42 PM
I also appreciate all the kind comments left on this page from people who realize who the real victim was in this case. I dont care how "nice" of guy this loser was, he had no regard for human life. OR HE WOULD HAVE STOPPED.
Tim April 17, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Fun fact: on my way home Monday, I was driving on that same stretch of Seven Courts. A nice mother, pushing a carriage (an 'old school one'... you don't see those everyday!) and was crossing the street in front of Plantangenet Rd. Obviously, no crosswalk as they don't put crosswalks every 50 meters. You know what I did? Not only did I stop, but I stopped right in the middle of the 'two' lanes, so no one like Mr. French above could speed around me and hit the lady. Because see, when you actually give a hoot about life, this is what you do. This is what I'll teach my son to do. You have to compensate for aggressive drivers for the safety of pedestrians.
Denise Moore April 19, 2012 at 11:34 PM
I am not sure how to post on this thread, but here goes. Berverly was my mother inlaw and am so glad there is some closure. I hate how the news reports she didnt have any family, she did and she was much loved.
Evets April 20, 2012 at 12:24 AM
I like that. Of course, it would be your fault if some nice guy on a motorcycle managed get past you anyway and ran into the baby carriage and just kept going... just sayin
wondering April 24, 2012 at 11:44 PM
I truly wonder if the wonderful Mr French will plead NOT Guilty in court and hope to get off on a technicality? Or will he do the Right thing and tell the whole TRUTH about what he did that night in which a woman died after being hit by his car. it will be a travesty if he does get off on some sort of loop hole his lawyers come up with. For those of you who are standing up for him, how are you going to feel if he pleads not guilty after you gave such glowing reviews of his character. He knows what he did and should tell the whole TRUTH!
Anonymous April 25, 2012 at 12:33 PM
wondering...I'm sure Mr. French will tell the truth. It's a shame that this had to happen. As far as him getting off on a technicality will be up to the lawyers and to see if the police did everything properly. I have my doubts on some things that were done. But we'll just have to see what happens...
wondering April 25, 2012 at 02:12 PM
That's exactly what I was saying... If he was the driver(we all know he probably was), shouldn't he own up to what he did instead of trying to get off because... some cop didn't do this, or didn't do that....We all know OJ killed those people but the "system" allowed him to go free....I'm not saying Mr French should be given Life in Jail or the Death penalty. But he should not be wasting our county's moneys by going for a full blown trial, with him knowing he is truly guilty. he should stand up in court and say, "This is what I did that night and I'm sorry" and then take the punishment that the court deems to be appropriate. But I believe he will only say "I'm sorry" if and when he is found guilty after a long and expensive trial...
Roberta April 25, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Oh Great! Now what did the Police do 'Wrong'?
John Phillips June 07, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Trial scheduled for October 9, 2012. Bail was set at $500K. Currently on home detention pending trial. On on public records.
Jeanne June 09, 2012 at 03:21 AM
To Denise Moore: I am so sorry the reports have been wrong about Mrs Moore not having family. My thoughts are with you and all of your family and Mrs Moore's cat. My thoughts also go out to the family of the young man that hit Mrs Moore.
John Phillips September 17, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Grayson pled guilty on August 7th. Charge No: 2CJIS Code:Statute Code:LIT Charge Description: DRIVER FAIL TO REMAIN AT THE SCENE OF ACCIDENT RESULTING IN DEATH Offense Date From: 01/22/2012To: Arrest Tracking No: 11-7003-00385-4Citation: Charge Amend No: 0Sentence Version:0Charge Class: Disposition Plea: GuiltyPlea Date:08/07/2012 Disposition: GuiltyDisposition Date:08/07/2012 No sentencing yet.
Anonymous September 18, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Well, aren't you a basket full of information....If you're going to report on someone get his name straight....I guess I'll call you Paul....
Roberta September 18, 2012 at 01:56 PM
John, Thanks for the update. Since you had only cited the 1 charge I had to actually go onto the Md.gov site myself to see that the other 2 charges are still cited on his record. It would be an injustice to the deceased if they were to drop any of the original charges. And for anyone who has a problem with your name reference to Grayson the record states his full name as follows: David Grayson French, Jr.
Anonymous September 18, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Exactly my point...His name is David not Grayson...I'm sure if his parents wanted him to be referred to as Grayson that would have been his first name not his middle...
Denise Moore September 19, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Thank you to Mr. French for standing up and taking responsibility. Bevery was a great lady and I miss her everyday. I still have her numbers stored in my cell phone. Anonymous...you must be a friend or family of Mr. French since the missuse of his name has you so upset. Please understand Mr. French took the life of my Mother in Law and the missuse of his name by the people updating this post do not mean malice. I pray for Mr. French and his family everyone life does not have to be distroyed by this.
Emily Kimball (Editor) September 19, 2012 at 05:55 PM
UPDATE (Sept. 19)—The Seven Courts hit-and-run driver pleaded guilty to striking and killing Beverly Moore in January. David Grayson French Jr. will be sentenced Nov. 1 - http://patch.com/A-xTbM
John Phillips October 06, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Anonymous - Chill. It's a copy and paste from the Maryland Judiciary System public website to let everyone know that "David" admitted his guilt and now will be sentenced. There is no disparage to anyone. Obviously, you are a relative. There are no winners in this situation; only losers to all. I know about individuals who make bad choices and choose to drive. I also lost my best friend that way.

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