By Deb Belt
A Virginia man reportedly driving with a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit has been arrested for striking a pedestrian in College Park and leaving the scene of the fatal accident.
The Prince George's County Police Department was called to the 7300 block of Baltimore Avenue about 3 a.m. on July 5 for a hit-and-run involving a pedestrian.
When they arrived, officers found Janelle Marie Oni, 21, of Billson Road in Randallstown, in the road with critical injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Oni was a graduate of Randallstown High School and in May graduated from Salisbury University with a degree in conflict resolution and communication that she hoped to use helping underprivileged children, according to The Baltimore Sun. The night of her death, she "had gone out to dinner with her sorority sisters and, boom, her whole life is gone," her mother told the newspaper.
The suspect vehicle didn’t stop, but Prince George’s County patrol officers soon stopped a minivan matching the suspect's vehicle at Baltimore Avenue and I-495. Officers arrested the driver, Jacky Luangraj, 33, of the 7600 block of Well Street in Manassas, VA.
The preliminary investigation suggests Luangraj’s vehicle was northbound on Baltimore Avenue when he struck Oni as she tried to cross the street.
Luangraj faces 13 charges, including negligent auto homicide - under influence, driving under the influence and reckless endangerment. At the time of his arrest, police say his blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit. He was not hurt in the crash.
Anyone with information on this collision is asked to call the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit at (301) 306-5640. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone, or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.