Ocean City Today

Snow Hill man charged in hit-and-run that killed J-1

By Katie Tabeling | Sep 07, 2017
Courtesy of: OCPD

Ocean City Police charged Brooks T. Bratten, 38, of Snow Hill in a deadly hit-and-run that killed a J-1 student last week.

Bratten was driving the SUV that struck Veronika Baďurová, 21, of Slovakia, while she was biking in 200 block of Philadelphia Avenue on Aug. 30 around 3 a.m. She was riding her bike south.

Bratten did not stop the SUV after he hit Baďurová, according to police.

Baďurová was taken to Ocean City EMS to Peninsula Regional Medical Center. A Maryland State Police helicopter was requested, but could not assist due to the wind. She died at the hospital on Sept. 1.

Police identified Bratten as a suspect within 24 hours of the hit-and-run, but he was officially charged on Wednesday. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Bratten is charged with two counts of failure to remain at the scene of a fatal traffic collision, two counts of failure to remain at the scene of a traffic collision causing bodily injury, failing to render aid following a traffic collision and negligent driving.

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