Man arrested in suspected hit-and-run incident in Maryland involving horse and buggy

Robert Edward Lawrence (St. Mary's County Police Department)

A 32-year-old man was arrested Monday night on Christmas after a suspected hit-and-run incident involving a vehicle and horse and buggy.

Maryland State Police say around 5:35 p.m. a vehicle struck a horse and buggy on Thompson Corner Road near Mechanicsville.

Police say Muria Robert Yoder, 86, and his wife were traveling in the buggy when it was hit. Yoder was airlifted to a hospital with serious injuries. The horse was killed.

Authorities initially placed a lookout for a dark-colored truck that they say did not stop at the scene.

When an ABC7 News crew arrived at the scene hours later, police were arresting a man who they say returned to the scene. The man declined to comment on what happened.

Robert Edward Lawrence, of Mechanicsville, was charged with failure to immediately stop his vehicle at the scene of an accident involving bodily injury, failure to stop after an accident involving damage to attended property, failure to return to and remain at the scene of an accident involving attended vehicle damage/property damage, failure of driver involved in accident to render reasonable assistance to an injured person and failure to control speed to avoid a collision.

He was taken into custody and later released on $10,000 bond.

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