Driver Faces Traffic Charges for Crash that Killed North Bethesda Pedestrian

Driver Faces Traffic Charges for Crash that Killed North Bethesda Pedestrian

Dobler is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 19

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The driver of a car that hit and killed a North Bethesda pedestrian in July has been charged by Montgomery County police with traffic offenses.

Chase Lawrence Dobler, 27, of Rockville was charged Oct. 11 with passing a vehicle stopped for a pedestrian at a crosswalk, failure to stop for a pedestrian in the crosswalk and negligent driving, according to state court records.

Dobler struck Jennifer Christine Dimauro, 31, of North Bethesda on July 20 at the intersection of Tuckerman Lane and Kings Riding Way while driving east in a 2015 Chevrolet Spark. The crash happened around 10:09 a.m. as Dimauro was crossing Tuckerman Lane near the Tuckerman Station condominium complex.

Dimauro was taken to a local hospital in critical condition and died a few days later from her injuries.

Dobler is scheduled to appear in Montgomery County District Court on Nov. 19.

Montgomery County police referred all questions about the charges to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for the office, said criminal charges are still possible and that “all options are on the table,” but police still have to finish their investigation. He said it can take anywhere from three to six months from the time of the crash.

“We are working closely with our police partners to develop evidence and witnesses in this case, and once we get everything we need to make a determination, we will make a decision at that point,” he said.

The advocacy group Action Committee for Transit, which keeps track of pedestrian fatalities in the county, wrote on Twitter on Sunday that Dobler had been charged.

Dan Schere can be reached at Daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com

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