UPDATE: Names Released in Fatal Collision in Gaithersburg

SealDetectives from the Montgomery County Police Department-Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) continue to investigate a fatal collision that occurred on June 27 on Shady Road in Gaithersburg. The persons involved in the collision are now being identified.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a blue Toyota mini-van was traveling north on Shady Grove Road when for reasons under investigation, it collided with a tan Toyota Camry that was traveling west from Tupelo Drive, crossing Shady Grove Road where Tupelo Drive becomes Epsilon Drive.

The driver of the tan Toyota Camry succumbed to her injuries at the scene. She is being identified as Gerilynne Seigneur, age 61, of the 16300 block of Grande Vista Drive in Rockville.

The driver of the blue mini-van is being identified as Ulices Chavez, age 22, of the 11600 block of Queen Nicole Terrace in Germantown. Ulices was not injured and was arrested at the scene for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
Anyone who witnessed this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620. Callers may remain anonymous.

RLG

UPDATE: Victims Identified in Chevy Chase Death Investigation

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate two possible weather-related deaths that occurred June 27 in Chevy Chase.

The victims are being identified as Crystal Leigh Puderbaugh, age 29, and Lily Elizabeth Puderbaugh, age 4, of the 8800 block of Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled the cause of death for Crystal Puderbaugh as a combination of drowning and electrocution and has ruled the cause of death for Lily Puderbaugh as electrocution. There is no evidence of foul play.

On June 27 at approximately 4:26 p.m., 2nd District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to a residence in the 8800 block of Connecticut Avenue for a report of an electrocution. Preliminary investigation revealed that Crystal Puderbaugh and Lily Puderbaugh were found unresponsive outside of the home in the stairwell leading to the basement.

Investigators found a portable sump pump in the standing water near the victims. Apparently the water was charged and an electrical surge contributed to the victims deaths. On June 27 many areas of Montgomery County experienced flooding due to the heavy rain fall throughout the day.

RLG

Detectives Investigate Two Possible Weather-Related Deaths in Chevy Chase

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division are investigating two possible weather-related deaths that occurred this afternoon in Chevy Chase.

At approximately 4:26 p.m., 2nd District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to a residence in the 8800 block of Connecticut Avenue for a report of an electrocution. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 29-year-old female and her 4-year-old daughter were found unresponsive outside of the home in the stairwell leading to the basement. They were each transported to separate trauma centers where they succumbed to their injuries.

Investigators found a portable sump pump in the standing water near the victims. Detectives are looking at the possibility that the water was charged and an electrical surge contributed to the victims’ deaths.

Many areas of Montgomery County experienced flooding due to the heavy rain fall throughout the day.

This incident remains under investigation, however, no foul-play is suspected at this time.

RLG

Gaithersburg Fatal Collision Investigated

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department- Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a fatal collision that occurred today in Gaithersburg.

At approximately 4:34 p.m., 6th District officers and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the area of Shady Grove Road at Epsilon Drive for the report of a collision. Preliminary investigation indicates that a green Toyota mini-van was traveling north on Shady Grove Road when for reasons still under investigation, it collided with a tan Toyota Camry that was traveling west from Tupelo Drive, crossing Shady Grove Road where Tupelo Drive becomes Epsilon Drive. Despite life-saving measures attempted by Fire and Rescue personnel, the driver of the Toyota Camry succumbed to her injuries.

The identities of the drivers will be released when family has been notified.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

RLG

UPDATE: Occupants Identified in Single Vehicle, Double Fatal Collision in North Potomac

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department-Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) continue to investigate a single- vehicle, double fatal collision that occurred last night in North Potomac. The driver and two of the passengers are now being identified.

The driver of the 2006 Acura TSX is identified as Samuel Joseph Ellis, age 18, of North Potomac. Ellis was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The front seat passenger is not being identified due to the on-going investigation. The front seat passenger was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The rear seat passengers were discovered deceased at the scene and are identified as Alexander Murk, age 18, of Potomac and Calvin Jia-Xing Li, age 18, of Rockville.

At approximately 11:52 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (9-1-1) received a call for a collision in the 13800 block of Dufief Mill Road. Officers responded to the scene and determined that four people had been in the vehicle at the time of the collision. Two vehicle passengers were declared deceased at the scene. Two additional vehicle occupants, to include the driver, were transported to a local hospital, both with serious injuries.
Preliminary investigation indicates that the occupants of the vehicle had attended an underage drinking party in area. The occupants left the party in a 2006 Acura TSX and were traveling west in the 13800 block of Dufief Mill Road. For reasons still under investigation, the vehicle left the roadway, struck several fixed objects and came to rest in the front yard of a residence on Dufief Mill Road. Detectives of the Collision Reconstruction Unit are working with officers from the Alcohol Initiatives Section to investigate the events leading up to the collision.

Detectives are investigating speed, alcohol and lack of safety restraints as possible factors in this collision.

This collision remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620. Callers may remain anonymous.

RLG