On December 4 at approximately 8 p.m., officers responded to the area of northbound Crain Highway near Shining Willow Way in La Plata for the report of a car crash involving a pedestrian. A preliminary investigation showed the pedestrian, Lawrence William Velozo, 37, of Newburg, was either sitting or lying in the left travel lane of northbound Crain Highway when he was struck by an SUV. Velozo was transported to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. It is unclear why Velozo was in the roadway; the Traffic Operations Unit is continuing the investigation. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Cpl. K. Syvertsen at (301) 932-3056.

Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.

 The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit www.ccso.us.