Police Investigate Fatal Bicycle Collision

SealDetectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a fatal collision involving a bicyclist that occurred tonight.

This evening at approximately 7:28 p.m., 4th District officers and Fire & Rescue responded to the intersection of Viers Mill Road and Turkey Branch Parkway for the report of a collision. Preliminary investigation indicated that the bicyclist was crossing westbound Viers Mill Road from the median strip in the area of a crosswalk.  A silver, 2000 Toyota 4Runner was traveling westbound on Viers Mill Road near Turkey Branch Parkway when, for reasons still under investigation, the vehicle and bicycle collided. The bicyclist was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the Toyota 4Runner was not injured.

The bicyclist is identified as Frank Lawrence Towers, age 19, of the 13100 block of Beaver Terrace in Rockville. The driver of the 4Runner is identified as Juan Francisco Orellana, age 39, of the 12100 block of Selfridge Road in Silver Spring.

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

RLG