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 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 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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