Hit-and-run driver kills man on scooter in Rockville

Michael Dalton, of College Park, has been charged with three felonies in the hit-and-run death of Roberto Nassar. Photo: Montgomery County Police

Update 7 p.m. Friday: Michael Charles Dalton, 22, was originally held on a $1,000,000 bond.

A bond review hearing was held Friday and Dalton’s bond was reduced to $15,000. Since that hearing today, Dalton has posted bond.

Dalton’s next court hearing is scheduled for November 21, 2011, at the Rockville District Courthouse at 11:30 a.m.

Suspect in hit-and-run scooter fatality held on $1 million bond

A Gaithersburg man was killed early Thursday morning in Rockville when the scooter he was riding was hit by a car and dragged for about a mile, before police stopped the driver.{ }

It happened near the intersection of Edmonston Road and Rockville Pike shortly before 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

Capt. Paul Starks, spokesperson for the Montgomery County Police, identified the deceased as 30-year-old Roberto Nassar.

According to the police report:{ } Nassar, of the unit block of South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, was traveling northbound on Rockville Pike near Edmonston Drive, riding on a motor scooter when a Buick, also traveling north on Rockville Pike, struck the motor scooter from behind. Nassar was ejected and the Buick continued northbound on Rockville Pike until 1st District officers observed and, with the assistance of Rockville City Police officers, stopped the Buick.

Starks says the suspect, Michael Charles Dalton, 22, kept driving for about a mile with the scooter lodged under the front bumper.

Dalton has listed his address with the District Court as the 10200 block of Baltimore Avenue, College Park. Police had previously listed his address as the 100 block of Gentry Drive, Perkasie, Pennsylvania.

"An officer saw it and obviously realized something was terribly wrong and stopped the car," Starks says.

Nassar was carried with the car a short distance and, according to police, then became detached from the car.

When a pedestrian or someone on a scooter is hit by a car, often the person will be thrown backwards into the windshield and then remain on the hood before being thrown off, sources tell ABC7.

There is a big hole in the windshield of Dalton’s Buick, directly behind where the scooter was pinned to the front of the car.

While police are hoping witnesses to the hit and run come forward, Starks says investigators are forensically combing the car for evidence.

"They're able to use science to determine what the vehicle was doing prior to the collision and even after the collision,” Starks says.

It is believed that Nassar may have been on his way home from work when he was struck.

Dalton is facing multiple charges, including failure to immediately stop his vehicle at the scene of an accident involving death and failure to immediately return and remain at the scene of an accident involving death.

Each of the counts could be for up to a 10-year-prison term. Dalton is being held in the Montgomery County Detention Center. It will be determined tomorrow whether he's eligible for bond.

Dalton is currently being held at the Montgomery County Detention Center in lieu of a $1,000,000.00 bond. A bond review hearing will be held on September 23, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. at the District Court of Maryland, located at 191 East Jefferson Street, Rockville.

Maryland state law requires that the striking driver undergo a blood and/or breathalyzer test if the victim dies or is seriously injured, Starks says. But the results of Dalton's breathalyzer and blood tests are not being released yet.

All lanes of Rockville Pike were shut down between Edmonston Road and Veirs Mill Road. Traffic was detoured onto 1st Street, which turns into Wootton Parkway.