Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department’s Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal, hit-and-run, pedestrian collision.
On Thursday, August 4 at approximately 9:24 p.m., 4th District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded for a pedestrian collision in the 14400 block of Layhill Road. While first responders were attempting to locate the collision, another call for a pedestrian collision was reported to be at Bel Pre Road and Homecrest Road, approximately one mile away.
Units responding to the Homecrest Road intersection located a deceased adult male in the roadway. The victim is being identified as Julius Henry Newton, age 77, of the 14800 block of Melfordshire Way in the Layhill area of the county. Officers quickly determined that the two calls were actually for different parts of the same collision.
Detectives determined that the victim had been struck on Layhill Road as he walked from west to east across the inbound lanes of Layhill Road and had been carried by the striking vehicle approximately one mile to the Bel Pre Road and Homecrest Road intersection.
Witnesses initially described the striking vehicle as a tan sedan. Detectives now believe the striking vehicle may be a late model white or tan sedan. Investigators believe there is damage to the striking vehicle’s front end. Detectives also believe that the driver may have believed that he or she struck an animal or some other object in the road. Investigators want to speak with any driver who had that experience last night in that area.
Anyone with information about this fatal, hit-and-run, pedestrian collision is urged to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240.773.6620