Update: Serious Pedestrian Collision Now Fatal in Wheaton

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police- Collision Reconstruction Unit continue to investigate a now fatal pedestrian collision that occurred on August 27 in Wheaton.

On August 27, 2019, at approximately 9:09 pm, officers from the 4th District responded to the report of a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian on Randolph Road at Glenmont Circle.

The preliminary investigation found that a 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan was traveling eastbound on Randolph Road when it struck a pedestrian at the intersection of Glenmont Circle.

The pedestrian had been identified as Roger Odin Martinez-Mejia, age 24, of the 2000 block of Glenmont Circle in Wheaton.

The driver of the Grand Caravan was identified as Harold Lanning Jr. from Silver Spring.  Lanning and the other occupants of the Grand Caravan were not injured.  Lanning remained on the scene of the collision.

This collision investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

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Police Advise Residents that School Season Starts Next Week; Watch for School Buses

As we approach a new school year next week, the Montgomery County Department of Police are reminding all residents to be vigilant and pay attention to school buses as they pick-up and drop off children throughout the day.

This year, all Montgomery County School buses will be equipped with safety cameras that will capture the images of drivers who neglect to stop for school buses in the process of dropping off and picking up school children.  Negligent drivers will receive a civil citation with a fine starting at $250 with penalties going up to $500.

Drivers are required to stop in both directions for any school bus with it’s lights on and STOP sign extended who is in the process of picking up or dropping off children.  Unless there is a physical median divider, you are required to stop for the buses even if you are in the opposite lanes of traffic.

Click here for more information on stopping for school buses:  School Bus – Stopping (Note: Automated Fines are now $250)

Our goal is to have every child make it to school and return home safely every single day.  Attached are school bus safety camera footage showing just how dangerous failing to stop for school buses has become.

Last year, over 54,000 school bus safety citations were issued to drivers who failed to stop for school buses.

The failure by drivers to stop for school buses can result in catastrophic consequences.  There is absolutely no reason to hurry and drive impatiently that is worth the loss of or injury to any of our children.

Please be advised, some of these videos can be difficult to watch.  Parental advisement is recommended.

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Concern for Missing Olney Woman (LOCATED)

UPDATE:  Mikayla Cunningham has returned home.

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Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police- 4th District Investigative Section are asking the public for help in locating a missing Olney woman.

Mikayla Hope Davis Cunningham, age 18, of the 4000 blocks of Olney Laytonsville Road, was last seen at her residence on Wednesday, August 28 around 6:30 am.

Cunningham is described as a white female, 5’5″ tall, and weighing 210 pounds. She has brown medium collar length hair, brown eyes, and is known to wear grey and blue colored clothing as a preference.

Police and family are concerned for Cunningham’s emotional and physical well-being.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Cunningham is asked to call the Montgomery County police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hours).

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Mikayla Hope Davis Cunningham

Mikayla Hope Davis Cunningham

Detectives Investigate Fatal Motorcycle Collision in Gaithersburg

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police- Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a fatal motorcycle collision that occurred yesterday, August 29, in Gaithersburg.

On August 29, at approximately 4:42 p.m., officers from the 6th district and Montgomery County Fire/Rescue personnel responded to a vehicular collision that had just occurred on southbound Woodfield Road prior to Snouffer School Road.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of a 2014 Harley Davidson Motorcycle had collided into the rear of a Honda HRV operated by Jose D. Chay-Salas of Gaithersburg.  The driver of the motorcycle suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital.  Several hours later, the driver of the motorcycle succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The driver of the Honda was uninjured.

The driver of the motorcycle has been identified as Gregory Anthony Davis Sr., age 65, of the 18800 blocks of Poppy Seed Lane in Germantown.

The facts and circumstances surrounding this collision are still under investigation.  The Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this collision.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

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Update: Mother of Newborn Baby Abandoned in Wooded Area Arrested and Charged

Pic of Leticia Guzman

Leticia Guzman

Detectives from the Special Investigations Division have arrested Leticia Guzman, age 25, of the 1500 block of Korth Place in Silver Spring, after determining that Guzman gave birth and abandoned her female newborn in a wooded area of Tenbrook Drive in Silver Spring. Guzman has been charged via a criminal warrant with child neglect and reckless endangerment.

On August 17, detectives received information from a local hospital that a female had come to the hospital who showed physical signs of recently giving birth, although the female denied to medical personnel of having been pregnant.

Detectives responded to the hospital and identified the female as Guzman. A search warrant was executed at her residence and evidence of childbirth was recovered.

Investigators interviewed Guzman at the hospital. During the interview, Guzman acknowledged that she had given birth to the baby and had left the baby at a location that she said she could not recall. Guzman provided additional information inconsistent with evidence recovered by investigators.

Today, Guzman was released from the hospital and transported to the Central Processing Unit (CPU) in Rockville. Bond information is unavailable at this time.

The baby girl remains in stable condition and is currently under the care and custody of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services – Child Welfare Services Program.

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