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Family of Md. hit-and-run suspect, Bryant Lewis, says he will turn himself in Monday

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BRANDYWINE, Md. (WJLA) – Bryant Lewis, the 23-year-old suspected of killing a Waldorf football star in a hit-and-run crash last week, is expected to turn himself in, according to his older brother.

Bryant Lewis' family says he will turn himself in to the authorities on Monday. (WJLA photo)

Prince George’s County Police say Lewis, who faces multiple charges, was driving a stolen vehicle on the night of Thursday, July 17. He may have been speeding when he lost control of the car, skidded off the road and struck a utility pole on McKendree Road in Brandywine. Then, Lewis took off running, leaving a critically-injured passenger in the back seat. Brendan Munnerlyn, a 24-year-old who had been riding in the front passenger’s seat, was thrown from the vehicle and died from his injuries. Flowers and spray paint now mark the spot where the deadly crash occurred.

Police are searching for Lewis and have a warrant for his arrest. ABC 7 News uncovered that this isn’t the first time the hit-and-run suspect has had a brush with the law.

“That’s my baby brother, he’s not a murderer at all,” Lewis’ brother, Damian Evans, said, holding up the suspect’s baby picture.

Bryant Lewis’ family still sees him as a kid, but on Wednesday night, they saw his very grown-up face as the lead story on the news.

“We turn on the news and we see his picture on the news,” Evans said. “Everyone’s calling our phones; it’s stressing everybody out, so he’s gonna turn himself in, for sure.”

“Currently, we are looking for [Lewis] and asking for the public’s help in bringing this individual to justice,” said PGCPD Corporal Maria McKinney.

Evans says he hasn’t seen his younger brother, but spoke to him on the phone about the crash and the victim it claimed---Lewis’ friend, Brendan Munnerlyn.

“He feels awful about the situation,” Evans said. “It’s eating him up inside. He’s a good kid—he just goes to work every day, doesn’t cause any problems, for the most part.”

Police might disagree; court records show charges in 17 cases against Lewis in the last five years. He has been convicted of disorderly conduct and is waiting for court decisions for driving uninsured, with a suspended license and registration, and eluding police.

In November 2013, Lewis was charged after court records say he tried to flee after getting caught speeding, later admitting he had marijuana hidden in his shoe.

About a third of the cases against Lewis weren’t prosecuted, or were dismissed by the court, but he still faces charges in the July 17 case. Lewis’ family says he plans to turn himself in on Monday.

The attorney Lewis’ family says represents him did not return ABC 7 News’ request for comment.

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