Montgomery County police responded to six separate pedestrian-involved crashes within about three hours on Monday night.
On the eve of a meeting between the Montgomery County Council and state transportation officials to discuss the ongoing issue of pedestrian safety, police were busy responding to a handful of crashes involving pedestrians, one of which caused life-threatening injuries, according to officials.
- Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson Pete Piringer reported the first crash occurred at approximately 5:20 p.m. near the intersection of Beall Avenue and Gibbs Street in Rockville, resulting in one adult trauma patient, Piringer said. The woman, whose name has not been released pending notification of family, was struck by a 2017 Dodge Charger driven by 24-year-old Anne Marie Sugrue as she tried to cross Beall Avenue.
- Also around 6 p.m., Piringer reported a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at the Carroll and Flower avenues intersection in Takoma Park with one adult patient suffering nonlife-threatening injuries.
- Another adult sustained nonlife-threatening injuries in a pedestrian-vehicle crash in front of Staples near the intersection of Observation Drive and Frederick Road in Germantown.
- A teenager was struck in Bethesda near the intersection of Elm Street and Arlington Road and sustained nonlife-threatening injuries.
- The fifth crash was reported in North Bethesda at the intersection of Rockville Pike and Halpine Road, resulting in nonlife-threatening injuries.
- The crashes continued around 7 p.m. when Piringer reported another at the intersection of University Boulevard and East Franklin Street in Silver Spring, resulting in one patient with nonlife-threatening injuries.
Each crash occurred after sunset with wet road conditions and poor visibility, which likely contributed to the crashes, officials said.
Then, Tuesday morning, Piringer reported a pedestrian was struck at the intersection of Cherry Laurel Lane and Coriander Drive in Gaithersburg. No further information was immediately available.
The County Council plans to meet with Maryland State Highway Administration officials Tuesday afternoon during its regularly scheduled meeting in Rockville to discuss pedestrian and traffic safety. The meeting was arranged after four John. F. Kennedy High School students were hit by a car waiting to board a school bus. One sustained life-threatening injuries.
The crash punctuated what county officials have said is a growing concern for pedestrian safety, as 12 pedestrians and one cyclist have been killed by vehicles so far this year, compared to 11 in 2017 and eight in 2016.
The council has already penned a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan and Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn requesting the speed limit on a stretch of Georgia Avenue in Aspen Hill be lowered from 45 mph.
The county has also implemented a Vision Zero initiative intended to employ traffic engineering, enforcement and education to foster a 35 percent reduction in severe injuries and fatalities by November 2019, and eliminate those occurrences completely by 2030.