Girl Struck by Hit and Run Driver on Halloween in Columbia, Died, $5,000 Reward for Driver Offered

COLUMBIA, MD – Howard County police have been notified that the victim in the hit-and-run on Halloween, Nursen Esabel Akinci, of Columbia, died at the hospital as a result of her injuries. Police are asking for the public’s help to locate a dark-colored vehicle with damage to the driver’s side headlight that investigators believe struck the 17-year-old, and are increasing the reward to up to $5,000 for information.
Akinci was struck by an unknown vehicle traveling eastbound on Route 108 just east of Phelps Luck Drive in the early morning hours after Halloween, around 1:36 a.m. on Nov. 1. Police believe Akinci stopped her Honda Civic on northbound Phelps Luck Drive at Route 108 and she and another teen exited the car to run across the roadway to a Royal Farms store. Akinci was struck; the other pedestrian was not injured. The striking vehicle fled the scene.
Anyone who sees or knows of a dark-colored sedan, small SUV or crossover vehicle with front-end damage, including the driver’s side headlight, is urged to contact police at 410-313-STOP or
If you spot this car or have seen one in your area, investigators are asking you to note the license plate and contact the police immediately. The investigation is ongoing.