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Man faces multiple charges after crash

April 06, 2007

KNOXVILLE, Md. - A man who allegedly was involved in a hit-and-run accident in a vehicle traced to a woman found bleeding in a Knoxville home was committed to the Washington County Detention Center, a deputy said Thursday night.

Richard Barry Cannon, 34, of 921A Hoffmaster Road in Knoxville, is charged with failure to stop after an accident involving damage, driving while under the influence, driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, driving with a revoked license and driving with a suspended license, according to court documents.

Cannon, who Maryland State Police said has been under watch at the hospital since Wednesday, is under the detention center's watch, the deputy said.

Maryland State Police said Cannon's estranged wife, Mendin Merritt Cannon, 34, was found bleeding from serious upper-body injuries on the second floor of her home in the 900 block of Hoffmaster Road after a citizen reported seeing a collision on Wednesday shortly after 2:30 p.m. between two vehicles on Sandy Hook Road.

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Police who pulled over the vehicle observed blood on Richard Barry Cannon's clothing that seemed inconsistent with the damage to the vehicle, and they traced the vehicle to his estranged wife, police said.

Police said Mendin Merritt Cannon was released Thursday morning from the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore less than a day after she was flown there.

A 22-month-old child was found in the house unharmed and placed in the care of the Washington County Department of Social Services. Maryland State Police 1st Sgt. Russell Newell said the Cannons are the child's parents.

Richard Barry Cannon also was wanted on a warrant from Frederick County Circuit Court.

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