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La Plata man was run down in March 2011

By JEFF NEWMANStaff writer

Police have arrested a man in connection with a hit-and-run accident that killed a La Plata man more than a year ago, Maryland State Police reported.

Darrell G. Sallie, 57, was found dead March 25, 2011, in a roadside ditch along Route 6 near Wheatley Road.

Investigators determined Sallie had been walking westbound on the shoulder when he was struck by an unknown vehicle sometime between 10 p.m. the day before and 11 a.m., when his body was discovered.

The vehicle did not remain at the scene and no one reported the collision to police.

Broken auto parts found near Sallie’s body indicated he had been hit by a 1997 or 1998 Ford F150 pickup truck, according to an MSP news release.

Police received a number of tips from citizens, but none led to the identification of a suspect until last fall when troopers at the MSP La Plata barrack received information indicating Justin A. Larkin, 25, of La Plata might have hit Sallie.

The troopers later discovered Larkin had owned a 1998 Ford F150 but sold it since the accident that killed Sallie, the release states.

Troopers tracked the truck to its new owner, who allowed police to examine the vehicle. Investigators confirmed that the broken parts found near Sallie’s body came from the truck.

The new evidence was presented April 13 to a Charles County grand jury, which issued an indictment charging Larkin with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury or death.

Troopers found Larkin at an Indian Head residence and arrested him Saturday without incident on a bench warrant, the release states.