State Police Haven’t Publicly Identified Victim in I-270 Fatal Crash
Condition of body prevented verification at the scene
Six days after a man was struck and killed on Interstate 270 in Rockville, Maryland State Police said they are fairly sure they know his identity, but still are not ready to release it.
On Saturday, when the man was killed, police said he had been struck by a vehicle in the southbound lanes shortly after midnight. Police said he had just crashed into a concrete barrier on the side of the road.
In a press release, police said the man got out of his vehicle and was reported to be waving down passing vehicles “while running down the roadway” between two lanes.
He was hit by an oncoming Hyundai, police said, and died at the scene.
On Monday, Elena Russo, a state police spokeswoman, said the department has a good idea who the man was, but is not certain, so it is holding off on releasing his name. Police believe the man was from Boyds. His family was notifed a few hours after the crash.
On Friday afternoon, Brenda Carl, another state police spokeswoman, said the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner still had not positively identified the body. The condition of his body did not allow police to do that at the scene.
“Because of the condition of the body, they want to be 100 percent sure. I believe he had facial injuries,” she said.
She did not know if the man was carrying ID with him.
Carl said the medical examiner will identify the body using fingerprints, dental records and possibly DNA testing if necessary.
Carl said police talked to the man’s parents at 3 a.m. Saturday about the fatality. She did not know what was said in the conversation or whether his parents were certain that he was driving the vehicle.
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