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Smithsburg man arrested in fatal hit-and-run

Harry William "Billy" Shrader Jr. is charged with negligent manslaughter by automobile

Harry William "Billy" Shrader Jr. is charged with negligent manslaughter by automobile

May 30, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN -- The owner of the pickup truck left at the scene of a fatal hit-and-run accident Sunday was charged Thursday with negligent manslaughter by automobile, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Harry William "Billy" Shrader Jr., 45, of 12435 Pleasant Valley Road in Smithsburg, was arrested Thursday afternoon at his lawyer's office in Hagerstown, Lt. Thomas Newton said.

Shrader was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $1 million bond, according to the sheriff's department.

Another driver who witnessed the accident identified Shrader from a photo lineup as the driver of the truck involved in the accident on Md. 77 that killed Debra Reed Fields-Jordan, 35, of Boonsboro, Newton said.

Police say Fields-Jordan was riding east on Md. 77 on a motorcycle at 6:54 p.m. when a white pickup truck traveling south on Pleasant Valley Road ran a stop sign at the intersection with Md. 77.

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Fields-Jordan's motorcycle, which had the right of way, struck the pickup truck on the passenger side. The truck hit a tree south of the intersection and the driver fled on foot, police said.

Newton said the investigator, Deputy Rick Whittington, worked diligently to track down the driver with the help of witnesses and evidence from the scene.

"I'm glad to see that it was done so quickly," Newton said.

Authorities were notified that Shrader planned to turn himself in and met him at his attorney's office at 159 S. Potomac St. at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Newton said. Shrader was arrested without incident, Newton said.

Shrader also has been charged by arrest warrant with failure to immediately stop at the scene of an accident involving death, failure of driver involved in accident to render reasonable assistance to injured person, driving a motor vehicle on a revoked license, reckless driving, negligent driving, failure to stop at a stop sign and unauthorized display and use of a registration plate, the Sheriff's Department said.

The final charge was issued because the tag on the truck belonged to another vehicle, Newton said.

Shrader was on probation after pleading guilty May 5 to second-degree assault and was awaiting trial on charges of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, theft and malicious destruction of property in connection with a November incident, court records show.

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