Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) and the Montgomery County Police Central Auto Theft Section are continuing to investigate a single-vehicle fatal collision that occurred on March 23 in Chevy Chase involving a stolen vehicle.
On April 3rd, detectives from the auto theft unit obtained an arrest warrant for the front seat passenger of the vehicle, Reeco Richardson, age 18, of the 6000 block of Sligo Mill Road, NE in Washington, DC. Today, the arrest warrant was served, and Richardson was charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, theft over $1,000 to under $10,000, unauthorized removal of property, and rogue and vagabond. Richardson was released on his own recognizance following processing.
It was on March 23 at approximately 1:13 a.m. that a 2nd District police officer observed a Toyota Echo in the area of Connecticut Avenue and East West Highway. The officer ran the vehicle tag via his computer and determined that the Echo had been reported as a stolen vehicle. Before officers attempted to stop the vehicle, it began to accelerate on southbound Connecticut Avenue. As the Echo entered Chevy Chase Circle in Montgomery County, it struck a tree.
Pursuing officers observed flames coming from the vehicle and used fire extinguishers in an attempt to subdue the fire. Officers were able to rescue Reymard Osman, age 16, of an unconfirmed address in Washington, DC and Richardson from the vehicle. As officers attempted to remove Emanuel Nelson, age 16, and Tyree Nelson, age 14, both of the 800 block of Longfellow Street, NW in Washington, DC, the Echo became completely engulfed in flames, and officers were forced to stop life saving attempts.
Osman was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries and succumbed to his injuries on March 28. Richardson was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Emanuel Nelson and Tyree Nelson were pronounced deceased at the scene.
The Washington Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is working with local law enforcement agencies, government, and public health organizations across the country to present its program, “Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.” This event is scheduled for Saturday, April 28 from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. The initiative, which began in September of 2010, is part of an effort to prevent the increasing problems of pill abuse and theft that occur nationwide.
Police Chief J. Thomas Manger has designated each of the County’s six Police District Stations and Police Headquarters as DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back locations for this Drug Take-Back Day. Each of these locations will accept expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. Illicit drugs and needles cannot be accepted as a part of this program.
A collection box will be available for parking lot drop-off if weather permits. If there is inclement weather the drop-off will take place in the lobby of each station. The locations are:
1st District: 1451 Seven Locks Rd., Rockville
2nd District: 7359 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda
3rd District: 801 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring
4th District: 2300 Randolph Rd., Wheaton
5th District: 20000 Aircraft Dr., Germantown
6th District: 45 West Watkins Mill Rd., Gaithersburg
Headquarters: 2350 Research Blvd., Rockville
The DEA is particularly interested in medications containing controlled substances, but will accept any prescription medicines brought for disposal. All sites will take pills of all kinds. If possible, prescription labels should be removed or personal information should be blacked out; but pill bottles will still be accepted if the labels are attached. No questions will be asked. This is an opportunity to safely clean out a medicine cabinet of drugs that are no longer needed.
For additional ways of disposing old medications safely and legally, click here. All the medications returned on Drug Take-Back Day will be incinerated by the DEA according to federal and state environmental guidelines.
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a single-vehicle, fatal collision that occurred yesterday evening at approximately 10:09 p.m. The driver was pronounced deceased on scene of the collision.
The driver is been identified as Immar Enrique Serpas, age 30, of the 400 block of Girard Street in Gaithersburg.
It was on April 21 at approximately 10:09 p.m. that 6th District officers responded to a single-vehicle collision at the intersection of Montgomery Village Avenue and Midcounty Highway.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2006, Nissan Altima was traveling southbound on Montgomery Village Avenue. For reasons still under investigation, the Nissan Altima left the roadway at the intersection of Midcounty Highway and traveled onto the center median of the roadway. The vehicle struck a tree on the median. Immar Serpas, who was the only person in the vehicle, was pronounced deceased on the scene.
The circumstances surrounding this collision remain under investigation. Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed this fatal collision to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 301-840-2435. Callers may remain anonymous.
Today, Montgomery County Police joined public safety personnel from the County’s Department of Police, Fire and Rescue Service, Sheriff’s Office, Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Montgomery County Division (M-NCPP, MCD) and Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, in dedicating the County’s new Public Safety Memorial located on the grounds of the soon-to-be completed Public Safety Headquarters at 100 Edison Park Drive in Gaithersburg. The memorial, which is the first of its kind in the County, is meant to be a permanent site to commemorate the courage and sacrifice of public safety personnel from the County’s Department of Police, Fire and Rescue Service, Sheriff’s Office, Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Montgomery County Division (M-NCPP, MCD) and Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
The memorial was designed by nationally-recognized artist Ted Clausen from Cambridge, Massachusetts.