OC Hit And Run Leads To Attempted Murder Charge

OCEAN CITY — An Ocean City man was being held on an attempted first-degree murder charge late Thursday afternoon after a hit-and-run incident at a north-end convenience store parking lot earlier in the day.

Around 12:20 p.m. on Thursday, Ocean City Police responded to the area of 139th Street and Coastal Highway for a reported hit-and-run incident involving a pedestrian. The initial investigation revealed an altercation took place at the 7-Eleven store on 139th Street between an employee and a suspect, later identified as Richard Lee Edwards, 64, of Ocean City.

According to police reports, Richards, who was driving a white Cadillac Escalade, hit and seriously injured the store employee in the parking lot and then fled the scene. Edwards was located a short time later and was arrested. He has been charged with attempted first-degree murder. As of late yesterday, Edwards was awaiting an appearance in front of an Ocean City District Court Commissioner.

Meanwhile, the 7-11 employee sustained serious injuries and was taken by Maryland State Police helicopter to PRMC in Salisbury. An update on his condition was not available.

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