Update: Name Released in October 24 Collision in Germantown

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) continue to investigate a serious collision that occurred on October 24  in Germantown.

On October 24 at approximately 2:30 p.m., officers from the 5th District as well as Fire/Rescue responded to the intersection of Darnestown Road (Route 28) and Berryville Road for a report of a personal injury collision involving a bicyclist and a Montgomery County School bus. Preliminary investigation revealed that the bicyclist was traveling northbound on Berryville Road.  The school bus was traveling eastbound on Darnestown Road.  For reasons still under investigation, the bicyclist and school bus collided in the intersection.

The bicyclist involved in the collision has been identified as Michael Wilhelm Breithaupt, age 54, of the 3700 block of East West Highway in Chevy Chase.  Mr. Breithaupt remains in critical condition in a local hospital.

The circumstances surrounding the collision remain under investigation.  Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed this collision and have not spoken to detectives to please contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.  Callers may remain anonymous.

October 12 Collision Now Fatal

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a collision that occurred on October 12 on Laytonsville Road (Route 108) at Brink Road in Laytonsville.  The driver of one of the involved vehicles died at a local hospital on October 20 .

On October 12 at approximately 3:44 p.m., officers from the 5th District responded to the intersection of Route 108 and Brink Road for the report of a personal injury collision.

Preliminary investigation indicates that three vehicles were traveling eastbound on Route 108.  The driver of a 2005 Acura RL, who was stopped in traffic, was rear-ended by a 2000 Kia Sophia.  A 2003 Mazda Miata traveling directly behind the Kia then rear-ended the Kia.  The driver of the Kia was transported to the hospital with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.  On October 20, the driver of the Kia died at a local hospital.

The driver of the Acura is identified as David Greene, age 49, of the 8100 block of Jonnie Court in Gaithersburg.  The driver of the Mazda is identified as Cynthia Bonnette, age 46, of the 5400 block of N Four Mile Run Drive in Arlington, Virginia.  The deceased driver of the Kia is identified as Geneva Kelley, age 84, of the 500 block of Woodston Road in Rockville.

The circumstances surrounding this collision remain under investigation.  Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed this fatal collision and have not spoken to detectives to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773- 6620.  (Please note new phone number).  Callers may remain anonymous.

 

2012 Halloween Safety Reminders

As Halloween approaches, the Montgomery County Police Department offers the following important safety reminders.  This year, the effects of  Hurricane Sandy could cause yards, sidewalks, and streets to be covered with leaves and possibly fallen tree branches.  Trick-or-treaters and drivers are reminded to be particularly careful while walking and driving during trick-or-treating hours.  Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger strongly recommends that each family take time to review the following basic safety tips with their children.

Homes

  • Welcome trick-or-treaters with porch and exterior lights on.                                                                                                   
  • Make sure that  your yard is  clear of items that might trip children such as hoses and flower pots.
  • Keep pets indoors.

Motorists

  • Drive slowly and use extra caution through neighborhoods.

Trick-or-Treating

  • Trick-or-treat only in neighborhoods that are familiar and stop only at homes with outside lights on.
  • An adult or older sibling should always accompany younger children.
  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Older children should trick-or-treat in a group, set a time to return home, carry a cell phone, and discuss their trick-or-treating route with their parents.
  • Trick-or-treaters should walk (not run), use sidewalks when available, cross the street at a corner or crosswalk, and watch for vehicles.
  • An adult should inspect treats before they are eaten.
  • Any suspicious activity should be reported to police.  The non-emergency number is 301-279-8000.

Costumes

  • Wear brightly-colored costumes or reflective clothing.
  • Consider using face make-up instead of wearing a mask – masks can obstruct vision.
  • Keep costumes short to avoid falling and tripping.
  • Wear a flame-retardant costume.

Swim Coach Arrested for Child Abuse

In July of 2012, Montgomery County Police Family Crimes Detectives received information about past possible sexual abuse by Richard Jay Curl, age 63, now living in the 2200 block of Aryness Drive in Vienna, Virginia.

On August 15, 2012, a Family Crimes Detective interviewed (the now) 43-year-old female victim regarding previous sexual abuse involving Richard Curl that occurred in Montgomery County.  Curl was the victim’s swim coach from the time she was nine years old until she was approximately 18 years old.

Investigation by Family Crimes Detectives has revealed that the sexual abuse began with acts of inappropriate touching when the victim was 13.  From age 15 through age 18, the sexual abuse progressed to an inappropriate sexual relationship.  These acts occurred in various locations in Montgomery County, to include Curl’s former residences in Rockville and Darnestown and the swimming facilities at the Georgetown Preparatory School located at 10900 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda.

On October 23, 2012, an arrest warrant was issued for Richard Curl, charging him with one count of child abuse pertaining to the defendant having supervision of the victim in his role as her swimming coach.  Arrangements were made by Curl’s counsel to turn himself in to detectives on October 25.  On October 25 at approximately 8:30 a.m., Curl turned himself in to detectives and he is currently being processed at the Central Processing Unit.

A photograph of Richard Curl is not available at this time.

Update : A photo of Curl has been added to this release on 10/29/2012.

Richard Curl

 

Collision Reconstruction Unit Investigates Serious Collision in Germantown

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a serious collision that occurred this afternoon inGermantown.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., officers from the 5th District as well as Fire/Rescue responded to the intersection ofDarnestown Road (Route 28) andBerryville Road for a report of a personal injury collision involving a bicyclist and a Montgomery County School bus. Preliminary investigation revealed that the bicyclist was traveling northbound onBerryville Road.  The school bus was traveling eastbound onDarnestown Road.  For reasons still under investigation, the bicyclist and school bus collided in the intersection.

The bicyclist, an adult male, was taken to an area hospital in critical condition. The name of the bicyclist will be released once family notifications have been made. The school bus driver, Michael Rinaldo, age 53, of the 18500 block of Bay Leaf Way in Germantown, was transported to an area hospital for a check-up. The school bus was carrying 29 students fromPoolsvilleHigh School. None of the students were injured.

The circumstances surrounding the collision remain under investigation.  Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed this collision and have not spoken to detectives to please contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.  Callers may remain anonymous.