Wheaton Fatal Collision Investigated

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

On Wednesday, November 29 at approximately 7:46 a.m., 4th District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the intersection of Connecticut Avenue at Dean Road for the report of a serious collision that had just occurred.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2016 Honda Civic was traveling northbound on Connecticut Avenue approaching Dean Road.  At the same time, a 2009 Nissan Altima was attempting to make a right turn from westbound Dean Road onto northbound Connecticut Avenue.   For reasons still under investigation, the two vehicles collided on Connecticut Avenue.  After the initial collision between the Civic and the Altima, the Civic crossed the median strip on Connecticut Avenue and struck a 2004 Mazda3 that was attempting to turn left onto Dean Road from southbound Connecticut Avenue.  The impact of this collision caused the Mazda3 to be pushed into a 2006 Nissan Murano which was stopped behind the Mazda3 and also was attempting to turn left onto Dean Road from southbound Connecticut Avenue.  The Murano was then struck by a 2012 Toyota Venza that were traveling southbound on Connecticut Avenue approaching Dean Road.

The driver of the 2016 Honda Civic is being identified as Yonatan Tedros, age 18, of the 2800 block of Harris Drive in Silver Spring.  He was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.  Tedros succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.  A juvenile passenger in the Civic was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the 2009 Nissan Altima is being identified as Stephanie Danielle De Witt, age 30, of the 1400 block of Tollison Drive in Bowie.  She was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the 2006 Nissan Murano is being identified as Analis Cepeda, age 33, of the 14000 block of Whispering Pines Court in Silver Spring. She was not injured in the collision.

The driver of the 2004 Mazda3 is being identified as Sakinatu Marie Seisay, age 22, of the 18000 block of Sunhaven Court in Olney.  She was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A passenger in the Mazda3 was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the 2012 Toyota Venza is being identified as Ana Lorena Arevalo Orellana, age 41, of the 14000 block of Whispering Pines Court in Silver Spring.  She was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

This collision remains under investigation.  Anyone who witnessed this collision or has information about this collision is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

RLG