Tragic Pedestrian Crash Kills One in Rockville, Maryland
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD- Bethesdamagazine.com writes that a man from Gaithersburg was attempting to cross the street when a car struck and killed him earlier this week in Montgomery County. The victim, identified as a 40-year-old man, was struck in the evening and died in the hospital the following day.*
The vehicle that struck the man was a 2011 Nissan Sentra driven by a 28-year-old man from Rockville. The motorist remained at the scene of the crash and was cooperating with the police.
The incident took place near a shopping center.
The crash marks the second pedestrian fatality in the county this year. One the same day as this incident, there were four other cyclists or pedestrian accidents in Montgomery. None of the other four incidents resulted in death.
One person was struck in the Glen Echo area in the early evening. Less than 30 minutes later, a toddler sustained severe injuries in a pedestrian incident in Chevy Chase. Responders transported the young victim to the hospital. An unidentified adult was hit in the Pike and Rose development in North Bethesda and sustained traumatic injuries. A cyclist was then struck in Rockville during the same evening. The cyclist was also injured and transported to a nearby hospital.
Pedestrians and cyclists are dying in larger numbers nationally, even as fewer vehicles’ occupants are dying in collisions. While manufacturers have been successful in producing crash prevention technology that helps protect occupants, the same systems are not as well-adapted to detecting pedestrians in the roadway. Additionally, SUVs have become the car of choice for many American consumers. These larger vehicles are much more likely to injure pedestrians.
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Sources:https://bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/police-fire/pedestrian-fatally-struck-in-rockville-2/ and https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/roadway-fatalities-2018-fars and https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2018/06/28/suvs-killing-americas-pedestrians/646139002/
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