OCEAN CITY, MD – (September 7, 2017): The Ocean City Police Department has filed charges against the suspect involved in last week’s hit and run collision involving a bicyclist. The collision occurred Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at approximately 3 a.m. in the area of 2nd Street and Philadelphia Avenue.
The bicyclist, Veronika Badurova, 21, of Slovakia, passed away at Peninsula Regional Medical Center on Friday, September 1, due to injuries sustained during the collision. The suspect has been identified as Brooks T. Bratten, 38, of Snow Hill, MD. Officers have charged him 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. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Badurova was riding her bicycle southbound on Philadelphia Avenue when she was struck by an SUV travelling southbound driven by Bratten. Bratten failed to stop after the personal injury collision. The victim was transported by Ocean City EMS to Peninsula Regional Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries two days later.