Man Hit By Car On Route 611; Elderly Woman Initially Fled, Then Contacted Police

WEST OCEAN CITY — The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the person of interest identified in connection with a hit-and-run accident involving a pedestrian on Route 611 last Saturday evening was a 92-year-old Berlin woman who contacted police about the collision on Monday.
Around 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Route 611 near Frontier Town for a reported pedestrian struck by a vehicle. Upon arrival, sheriff’s deputies located the victim, who had been able to get himself off the roadway and call 911.
The victim told police he was walking north on the shoulder of Route 611 when he was struck from behind by a vehicle. The victim was unable to provide any further information about the vehicle, except that it continued north on Route 611. There were no other witnesses to the incident.
From evidence collected at the scene, sheriff’s deputies were able to determine the suspect vehicle was a dark red GM passenger car that would be missing passenger side mirror and would have possible passenger side damage. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries received during the collision, but no update of his condition has been made public. However, The Dispatch learned this week the victim’s leg injuries were severe enough for him to be transferred from PRMC in Salisbury to Shock Trauma in Baltimore.
The driver fled the scene, touching off an investigation into the damaged vehicle’s whereabouts. On Monday afternoon, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office announced it had identified and located a person of interest. On Wednesday, the sheriff’s office reported the person of interest had been identified as Dolores Jean Miles, 92, of Berlin.
Miles contacted police on Monday in reference to being involved in an accident last Saturday evening on Route 611 near Frontier Town. Worcester County Sheriff’s deputies were then able to match evidence recovered at the scene to Miles’ vehicle, a 2009 maroon Pontiac passenger car. No charges have been filed against Miles and the investigation is ongoing.
Meanwhile, last Saturday’s incident continues a disturbing trend of vehicle collisions involving pedestrians, including three fatal accidents, on northern Worcester County roads over the last few weeks and this fall.
On Friday, Nov. 8, a Maryland State Police trooper on routine patrol in an unmarked car was headed north on Route 113 approaching Bay Street when he collided with two local teenage brothers attempting to cross the highway.
One of the brothers, Tymeir D. Dennis, 16, of Berlin, a Stephen Decatur High School junior, died of injuries sustained in the crash. Dennis’ brother Tyheym Bowen, 19, suffered serious injuries in the collision. The trooper, identified as Nicholas Hager, 21, a one-year veteran assigned to the MSP Berlin barrack, attempted to take evasive action, but was unable to avoid striking the two teens. The accident has spurred a renewed interest in improving pedestrian safety along the stretch of Route 113 through Berlin.
On Sunday, Oct. 27, a 38-year-old New Jersey man was struck and killed by a vehicle on Route 50 near Route 589. The investigation revealed a 2005 Jeep Wrangler was traveling east on Route 50 when it struck a pedestrian later identified as Stephen Bird, 38, of Madison, N.J. Bird was walking from south to north across the eastbound lanes of Route 50 when he was struck by the Jeep at about 2:20 a.m.
The driver and his passenger were returning to their West Ocean City residence from the Casino at Ocean Downs, according to police reports. The Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office met with investigators and no charges were filed against the driver. Alcohol was not a factor in that incident, according to police reports.
On Sept. 20, a West Ocean City resident and Boardwalk store owner was struck and killed in a hit-and-run accident on Route 50 near its intersection at Elm Street in an incident for which the suspect has not been identified nor has the vehicle involved been located.
Shortly after 10 p.m. on Sept. 20, Jerold Sharoff, 58, died on Route 50 when he was struck walking across the roadway almost directly in front of Starbucks and opposite the Outback Steakhouse.
Witnesses reported the vehicle that struck Sharoff was a full-sized red Ford pick-up truck that has not been located, nor has a suspect been identified. The pick-up truck continued east on Route 50 toward Ocean City after striking Sharoff before witnesses lost sight of it. Law enforcement agencies immediately searched the area for the truck to no avail and the search continued in the weeks following the incident. However, more than two months later, no suspect has been identified nor has the truck been located.