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Driver who hit pedestrians in North Bethesda, then drove away, turns herself in, police say

Brunswick woman was charged with first-degree assault, reckless driving

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A driver from Brunswick who struck pedestrians before fleeing last week in North Bethesda turned herself in to authorities, Montgomery County police said on Wednesday.

Natalie Nicole Quiroz, 21, was driving a black Nissan around 2 a.m. in the 900 block of Rose Avenue on Oct. 7 when she struck pedestrians, police said in a press release.

Witnesses told authorities that Quiroz drove through a parking lot “at a high rate of speed” and hit multiple people, including a female who had fallen underneath the vehicle. They told police she then drove away through the gate of the parking lot.

Police identified Quiroz as the driver, and said she turned herself in on Tuesday.

She has been charged with first-degree assault, reckless driving, failure to use due care to avoid a pedestrian collision, failure to stop at the scene, failure to remain on the scene and other traffic offenses, police said.

Quiroz was released on bond Tuesday, according to court records.

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