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Vehicle believed to have been involved in Sunday wreck on I-70 found in Frederick

August 08, 2011

A vehicle believed to have been involved in hit-and-run crash Sunday night on Interstate 70 was found in Frederick County, Md., a Maryland State Police spokeswoman said Monday.

Sgt. Stacey Cain said the vehicle — a 2007 Pontiac G6, a four-door passenger car — was found by a Frederick County Sheriff’s Department deputy at an Econo Lodge motel. Cain said she did not know if the driver of the vehicle also was found.

According to police, a 1999 Mercury Cougar driven by Penny Marie Shifflett, 37, of Frederick, Md., was traveling west in Washington County near the Frederick County line at about 9:40 p.m. when an unknown vehicle struck the rear of the Cougar, causing the car to lose control, go off the right side of the roadway and overturn.

Shifflett and three juvenile passengers were taken to Meritus Medical Center, all with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to a Maryland State Police news release.

Shifflett was not listed as a patient Monday morning, a hospital spokeswoman said.

An adult passenger in the Cougar, Erin Lorraine Benjamin, 28, of Harrisburg, Pa., was flown by state police helicopter to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with serious injuries, the release said.

The striking vehicle, described by callers as a four-door sedan, possibly a Pontiac or similar GM product, failed to remain at the scene of the collision, the release said.

Paint transfer discovered during the investigation showed the striking vehicle to be light-colored (white or silver), police said.

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