Collision Reconstruction Unit Investigates Fatal Collision in Germantown

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a fatal pedestrian collision that occurred this morning in Germantown.

This morning, at approximately 7:03 a.m., officers from the 5th District and Fire & Rescue personnel responded to the intersection of Germantown Road (Route 118) and Wisteria Drive for a report of a pedestrian collision.  Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2010 Ford Fusion was north on Route 118 on a green signal.  A 15-year-old female had crossed the southbound lanes of Route 118 and was attempting to cross the northbound lanes when she was struck by the vehicle.  The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

The driver of the Ford Fusion is identified as Kevin Bradley Carlson, age 27, of  the 18700 block of Sparkling Water Drive in Germantown.

The pedestrian is identified as Christina Morris-Ward, age 15, of the 19900 block of Sweetgum Circle in Germantown.  Morris is a 10th grade student at Seneca Valley High School.  At the time of the collision, Morris was walking in the direction of the high school and it is believed that she was walking to school.

The circumstances surrounding this collision remain under investigation.  Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed this collision to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.  Callers may remain anonymous.

MCP participates in Montgomery County Community Service Day

On Saturday, October 27th, Montgomery County Police employees participated in the Montgomery County Community Service Day.  Commander Luther Reynolds, Captain Darryl McSwain, Lieutenant Sonia Pruitt, Officer Christopher Bohrer, and Public Information Officer Lucille Baur were joined by family and friends.   In conjunction with the Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation group, members worked at the Baptist Cemetery located at 115 W. Jefferson Street and at the Haiti Cemetery at 205 Martin’s Lane in Rockville.  Utilizing cutting tools, rakes, and an electric blower, members removed trash, pulled weeds, bagged leaves, and cut up a dead tree.  A good time was had by all in this worthy cause.

Police Warn of Utility Scam

Detectives from the 2nd District Investigative Section are investigating two incidents involving utility scams that occurred in Chevy Chase and Bethesda.

On October 26, at approximately 11:35 a.m., officers from the 2nd District responded to an address in the 5300 block of Sherrill Avenue for a report of a burglary.  The 87-year-old female victim told police that she heard a knock at the door, and she opened it to find a male suspect wearing tan pants and a hard hat.  He claimed that he worked for Bethesda Water Company and told her that there was a water main break and that he needed to check the water pressure.  At this point, a neighbor arrived to check on the victim.  The suspect again stated that he worked for Bethesda Water Company and left the residence.  He was last seen getting into a gray Saturn vehicle.  At no time did the suspect enter the residence.

On October 26, at approximately 11:50 a.m., officers from the 2nd District responded to an address in the 5200 block of Alta Vista Road for a report of a burglary.  The 86-year-old female victim told police that she heard a knock on the door, and she opened it to find a male suspect wearing blue jeans, a reflective vest, and hard hat.  He claimed that he worked for the water company and that there was a water main break and that he would have to check the water pressure in the basement.  The victim accompanied the suspect to the basement.

While in the basement, the victim heard footsteps upstairs.  The victim questioned the suspect about the footsteps, and he quickly left the residence.  After the suspect had left, the victim went upstairs and discovered that jewelry was missing from her bedroom.

Detectives are asking that anyone with information about these incidents or the suspect(s) involved to contact the 2nd District Investigative Section at 301-657-0112.

Police warn residents that there will be an increased amount of utility work in the aftermath of Sandy.  Please be aware that all utility workers will carry proper identification.  If a worker is unable to provide proper identification, do not allow him or her to enter your residence.  Additionally, you may check with your utility companies to determine whether the company has workers in your area before allowing the worker to enter your home.

Police Investigate Fatal Collision in Germantown

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a fatal collision that occurred this morning in Germantown.

This morning, at approximately 11:38 a.m., officers from the 5th District and Fire/Rescue personnel responded to the intersection of Frederick Road and Brink Road for a report of a personal injury collision involving two vehicles.  Preliminary investigation revealed that a gray 2005 Nissan Pathfinder was traveling southbound on Frederick Road.  A maroon 2003 Jaguar sedan was traveling northbound on Frederick Road.  For reasons still under investigation, the Nissan crossed the double yellow center line and struck the Jaguar.  The driver of the Jaguar was pronounced deceased on the scene of the collision.  The two occupants of the Nissan were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Jaguar is identified as Mai Ai Lam-Phan, age 66, of the 12900 block of Benton Park Circle in Clarksburg.  The driver of the Nissan is identified as Joshua Jose Munoz, age 19, of the 18100 block of Coachmans Road in Germantown.  The passenger in the Nissan is identified as Caleb Emiliano Munoz, age 16, also of the 18100 block of Coachmans Road in Germantown.

The circumstances surrounding this collision remain under investigation.  Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed this collision to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.  Callers may remain anonymous.

Concern for Missing Silver Spring Woman

Detectives from the 4th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Silver Spring woman.

Vicki Lee Crum, age 55, was last seen on October 12 at her residence located in the unit block of Aquarius Court in Silver Spring.  Her vehicle remains at her residence.

Crum is described as a white female, 5’4” tall, and weighs approximately 130 pounds.  She has blue-green eyes and brown and gray shoulder-length hair. She also has a small mole under her right eye.

Police and family are concerned for Crum’s well-being.

Detectives are asking that anyone with information about Crum or her whereabouts contact the 4th District Investigative Section, 240-773-5530, or the police non-emergency number, 301-279-8000.