Reward offered for hit-and-run information

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A $5,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a boating accident. The family of Mark Gentile, 56, from Mount Jackson, Va., is offering the reward for information on the June 5 hit-and-run boating accident that severely injured Gentile.

"We are offering this reward in hopes of catching the person responsible for stealing my life away," said Gentile.

Gentile has been unable to run his business or care for a family member that has Alzheimer's since the accident, according to his family. Gentile spent 10 days at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center following the accident and expects to spend at least 90 days at a short- and long-term care facility.

The accident occurred at 2:30 p.m. near the Thomas Point Light in Chesapeake Bay when a white-and-champagne-colored Donzi-type speedboat ran over Gentile as he was swimming in the water near his sailboat. The speedboat was occupied by at least one balding white male and a younger-looking white female.

The Maryland Natural Resources Police is investigating the incident and has enlisted the help of Metro Crime Stoppers to promote awareness of the crime and generate public response. Informant identity is kept confidential. The details that are provided by the tipster are forwarded to the NRP for investigation.

To be eligible for the reward, the information must come into the Metro Crime Stoppers by: calling 866-756-2587, text "MCS" plus your message to CRIMES (274637) or online at www.metrocrimestoppers.org .

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