Police Hope 8-Ball Decal Will Aid Investigation Into Fatal Hit-and-Run

Investigators seek information about two cars they believe struck man who died along Georgia Avenue


Montgomery County detectives are looking for a SUV sporting a flaming 8-ball decal in connection with a man's death on June 8.


Police hope a flaming 8-ball sticker can lead detectives to more information about a man’s death along Georgia Avenue last month.

Montgomery County police’s Collision Reconstruction Unit released an image of a sticker it says is on the rear window of a light-colored Dodge Durango SUV that detectives believe was involved in the fatal incident.

Around 3:50 a.m. June 8, 4th District officers responded to southbound Georgia Avenue at Hewitt Avenue in the Aspen Hill area for the report of a person in the roadway.

Detectives believe the victim, Gregory Jonathan Atwood, 40, of Tynewick Drive the Bel Pre area was struck by two vehicles in the roadway: the Durango and another car, which might be a 2011 Chrysler 200 or 2011 Dodge Avenger of unknown color.

Police also say that Atwood was already injured before being struck by the cars.

Police say he was robbed and assaulted by a man and two teenagers and forced down a nearby ravine before climbing back to the roadway, bloodied and beaten.

Kenneth Sahr Kpakima, 21, is charged with first- and second-degree assault, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery in the case. Mohammed Salous, 17, is charged as an adult with first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault. The cases are pending in Montgomery County District Court.

Police have said a 15-year-old girl was also present during the assault.

This week, police released the image of the 8-ball decal as part of the ongoing investigation into Atwood’s death. 

Det. Sgt. John O'Brien of the Collision Reconstruction Unit said police believe a disturbing sequence of events led Atwood to the roadway, where he was ultimately killed after being struck by at least two vehicles. 

Particulars about the Durango's appearance were culled from witness statements; the sedan that is believed to have hit Atwood was identified by debris left at the scene, O'Brien said.  

O'Brien said "it is very possible" that drivers whose vehicles struck Atwood could have "no idea" they hit a person and instead mistook the collision for an animal or severe pothole.

"We encourage them to come forward and speak with us," O'Brien said. "...We are always inclined to give the benefit of the doubt.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620. Callers may remain anonymous. 

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