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City man is held in fatal 1996 auto accident

May 01, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

A year after a Hagerstown man was struck and killed in a hit-and-run accident near South Hagerstown High School, an arrest has been made.

Harry Phillip Maus Jr., 30, of 945 Rose Hill Ave., was arrested and taken into custody at his home Tuesday night, Hagerstown City Police said.

He was charged with negligent homicide by auto, failure to remain at the scene of a fatal accident, failure to render assistance to victim, failure to report accident, reckless and negligent driving, and unsafe lane change, police said.

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Maus was freed on $25,000 bond, police said.

The April 27, 1996, accident claimed the life of Joachim Pierre, 24, who lived in the 1300 block of Jay Drive at the time of his death, police said.

His body was found by a passerby on the east side of the 1200 block of South Potomac Street.

An autopsy revealed Pierre died of multiple neck fractures, spine fractures and a lacerated lung.

At the time of the accident, police gathered evidence at the scene that included pieces of grill and headlight glass believed to be from the vehicle.

Laboratory analysis indicated the vehicle could be a 1985-91 Chevrolet full-sized vehicle, police said.

With no more to go on, the police investigation became inactive until January, when information surfaced in an unrelated case.

Police also seized Maus' vehicle, a 1987 full-sized Chevrolet pickup truck.

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