Montgomery County, Maryland Experiences A Second Pedestrian Death in Early 2020
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD- Mymcmedia.org writes that within weeks of the start of 2020, two people lost their lives walking on Montgomery County roads. Last week, a 28-year-old man from Rockville driving a 2011 Nissan Sentra struck and killed a 40-year-old man from Gaithersburg.*
Police reported that the victim was attempting to cross Rockville Pike in the evening. Responders rushed the man to the hospital, but he died a short while later from his injuries.
Just one week ago, another fatal pedestrian crash took place on Georgia Avenue in the early evening. In that incident, a 74-year-old woman from Silver Spring struck and killed a 75-year-old-man who was attempting to cross Georgia Avenue. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital but died from his injuries.
Police are still investigating both of these incidents and trying to understand whether the victims were in crosswalks or had the right-of-way. Officers are requesting that any witnesses or people with information about these incidents contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit.
On the same day as the second accident, the county announced that it would be investing $26 million into the local Vision Zero initiative, which is intended to prevent traffic deaths. According to the county’s website, the initiative has a stated goal of eliminating traffic-related deaths by 2020. Vision Zero is a concept that began in the late 90s in Sweden. The primary principle behind the program is that traffic deaths are not inevitable, but instead are preventable. Under Vision Zero, people are considered more important than efficient flows of traffic. The program also takes for granted that people will make mistakes, and so the transportation system must anticipate human errors and minimize the damage those errors cause.
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Sources:https://www.mymcmedia.org/second-pedestrian-fatality-of-2020-being-investigated/ and https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/visionzero/background.html
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