Police investigating fatal pedestrian collision in Cooksville

Howard County police are investigating a fatal pedestrian collision in Cooksville on Wednesday night.

At approximately 8:30 p.m., a 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling northbound on Route 97 between Frederick Road and I-70 when it struck a man walking in the roadway. The man, 37-year-old Brian Hite of Walkersville, was transported to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he was pronounced dead Thursday morning.

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The driver of the striking vehicle and a passenger were uninjured and remained on scene. Through preliminary investigation, police believe the man was walking in the middle of the roadway when he was struck and that foggy and dark conditions may have contributed to the collision. The investigation is ongoing; no charges have been filed at this time.

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