Laurel Woman Is Killed in Hit-and-Run

By Philip Rucker and Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, November 26, 2007

A 49-year-old woman was killed in Laurel early yesterday when she was struck by a car whose driver left the scene, authorities said.

She was the second person to die in the Washington area over the weekend in what appeared to be a hit-and-run incident.

Ruth Ann Storm of Laurel was hit as she was walking along a quiet residential street shortly before 12:50 a.m., said Jim Collins, a Laurel police spokesman.

He said she was apparently struck from behind.

Collins said police found a mirror and radio antenna from an automobile at the scene and, after a search, found a car that appeared to have lost that equipment.

He said that they questioned the owner for about seven hours yesterday and that the man told police he knew nothing about what happened. No charges have been filed in the incident.

A cousin of the victim said Storm had been disabled by a brain tumor. Despite her "hard and difficult life," Karen Storm said, she "was a very kind person."

Karen Storm said her cousin had grown up in the Baltimore area and worked at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport until becoming ill.

She said Ruth Ann Storm moved to Laurel last year from Baltimore with a 15-year-old son, whose father recently died. With both parents now dead, she said, "he needs some help."

Police believe the victim was on her way home from a bar when she was hit.

"It's horrible," Karen Storm said. She said she would have gladly given her cousin a ride.

"I wish she would have called me," she said.

In the other weekend incident, a Herndon man was found dead about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in the 7000 block of Ordway Road in Centreville. Police identified him as Jeremy Brader, 27, and said he had apparently been a hit-and-run victim.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS. Police said last night that they knew of no development in the matter.

Two pedestrians died last month in apparent hit-and-runs, one in the District and one in Prince George's County.

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