Update: Rockville Bicycle Collision Now Fatal

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department-Collision Reconstruction Unit continue to investigate a collision involving a bicycle and a vehicle that occurred Saturday evening in Rockville.  The bicyclist, Samuel Vigil, 37 years old, succumbed to his injuries on Sunday, December 13 at 6:50 p.m.

On Saturday, December 12 at approximately 6:55 p.m., 1st District and Rockville City officers, in addition to Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the westbound lanes of E. Gude Drive at Southlawn Lane for a collision involving a bicycle and a passenger vehicle.

Preliminary investigation has indicated that Samuel Vigil, 37 years old, of the 700 block of Lenmore Avenue in Rockville, was traveling south on a bicycle, in the area of the crosswalk, across the westbound lanes of E. Gude Drive.  A black 2004 Lexus RX330, was traveling west on E. Gude Drive when the bicycle Vigil was riding struck the Lexus while Vigil was crossing in the traffic lanes.  Investigation indicates that Vigil was facing a red signal and was crossing against the pedestrian indicator.  Vigil was transported to Suburban Hospital in critical condition and succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.

The driver of the Lexus is identified as Monica Min, 23 years old, of Gaithersburg.  Min was taken to Shady Grove Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

This collision remains under investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

PRS

Santa Trades in Sleigh for Harley to Benefit Children’s Inn at NIH

On Wednesday, December 16, Santa will trade in his sleigh to ride a Harley during the Police Department’s annual Santa Ride that benefits The Children’s Inn at NIH.  The Department invites residents to stop at any of the predetermined locations to visit with Santa and his motor officer elves:

SANTA RIDE TO BENEFIT CHILDREN’S INN AT NIH:

Santa and his elves (aka: motor officers) will travel throughout the county on their motorcycles as they make their way to bring gifts and donations from local businesses and organizations to families at the Children’s Inn at NIH.

The Children’s Inn is a private, nonprofit, family-centered residence for pediatric outpatients at the National Institutes of Health. Its purpose is to keep children together with their families during serious illness, reduce families’ stress, and facilitate the healing process through mutual support.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 16, 2015

SCHEDULE*:

Destination Address Arrival Time
5th District (Germantown) Station 20000 Aircraft Dr, Germantown 9:00 a.m.
Upcounty Regional Services Center 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown 9:20 a.m.
Wegmans 20600 Seneca Meadows Parkway, Germantown 9:50 a.m.
Kentlands Market Square
By Starbucks,121 Market Street, Kentlands 10:40 a.m.
Public Safety Headquarters 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg 12:15 p.m.
Fair Hill Plaza – Harris Teeter 18169 Town Center Drive, Olney 12:55 p.m.
Ellsworth Drive near Starbucks 915 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring 1:45 p.m.
Not Your Average Joe’s (Lunch) 10400 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda
2:30 p.m.
Potomac Village Shopping Center – near Starbucks, Strosniders Hardware
10110 River Road, Potomac 4:00 p.m.
The Children’s Inn at NIH Private event – Only patients 4:45 p.m.

*Santa will do his very best to stay on schedule.  Please follow the Department on Twitter @mcpnews during the Santa Ride for the most up-to-date information.

In the past, residents have inquired why the Santa Ride cannot begin at night so that school children may have a better opportunity to see Santa.  Please know that the ultimate goal of this ride is meet with the families of NIH, so we need to make sure that we arrive at the Inn at a reasonable hour and that Santa has time to talk with all of the children.  We appreciate your understanding.

HOW TO DONATE:

To provide a financial donation to the Children’s Inn at NIH, please see the below letter from the Children’s Inn:

_________________________________________________________________________

To Whom It May Concern:

The Montgomery County Police Department, in association with other law enforcement offices within the county, have become partners in the annual “Santa’s Escort Ride” to benefit The Children’s Inn at NIH. The procession of over 40 uniformed police officers, led by Santa on a Harley, continues to be a holiday highlight for families at The Children’s Inn.

In fiscal year 2015, more than 1,500 families came from 50 states and 86 countries to stay at The Inn. These families came to the National Institutes of Health to find treatment, a cure, or a diagnosis for a seriously ill child.

Families do not pay to stay at the Inn – ever; we rely solely on private contributions to sustain our operations.

We are seeking financial donations from local organizations and businesses. All donations raised from this event help support operational expenses and programs for our families. These services include recreational, therapeutic, wellness, educational, and spiritual programming. Our programs are designed to build community and well-being among residents and to provide children and families a natural opportunity to meet and make friends with others going through similar experiences.

We hope you will donate to this special event. Your charitable, tax-deductible donation will help The Children’s Inn continue to provide much needed services to seriously ill children and their families. To provide a financial donation on-line, please visit our website at www.childrensinn.org, click on ”Donate”, enter your information and indicate that you are giving in response to the “Santa Police Ride.” You also may print and mail or fax the donation form to the address listed below.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact me at lking@mail.nih.gov or by phone at 301-451-9454. Thank you in advance for considering our request.

With gratitude,

Laura King
Senior Director of Volunteers and Community Outreach
The Children’s Inn at NIH
7 West Drive
Bethesda, MD 20814-1509
301-451-9454
www.childrensinn.org
lking@mail.nih.gov

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FOLLOW ALONG: Virtual “Santa Ride” – #MCPSantaRide SocialMedia

  • If you are unable to stop and see Santa and his elves along the Santa Ride route, MCP invites you to join us on a virtual ride-along with Santa as MCP officers will tweet in real-time as the Santa Ride progresses through the County. #MCPSantaRide
  • If you are able to join us for the Santa Ride, please tag us in your photos posted to social media.

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Serious Collision Involving a Bicyclist Investigated in Rockville

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department-Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a serious collision involving a bicyclist and a vehicle that occurred Saturday evening in Rockville.

At approximately 6:55 p.m., 1st District and Rockville City officers, in addition to Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the westbound lanes of E. Gude Drive at Southlawn Lane for a collision involving a bicycle and a passenger vehicle.

Preliminary investigation has indicated that the bicyclist, identified as Samuel Vigil, 37 years old, of the 700 block of Lenmore Avenue in Rockville, was traveling south, in the area of the crosswalk, across the westbound lanes of E. Gude Drive.  A black 2004 Lexus RX330, was traveling west on E. Gude Drive when the bicycle Vigil was riding struck the Lexus while Vigil was crossing in the traffic lanes.  Investigation indicates that Vigil was facing a red signal and was crossing against the pedestrian indicator.  Vigil was transported to Suburban Hospital in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Lexus is identified as Monica Min, 23 years old, of Gaithersburg.  Min was taken to Shady Grove Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

This collision remains under investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

PRS

Funeral Arrangements for Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta

 Visitation

  • Monday, December 14, 2015
  • From 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • From 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Covenant Life Church, 7501 Muncaster Mill Road, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Funeral Service

  • Tuesday, December 15, 2015
  • 11:00 a.m.
  • Covenant Life Church, 7501 Muncaster Mill Road, Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Please note that the family will arrive at 10:30 a.m. so attendees should plan to arrive well prior to that.
  • There will be a procession to the cemetery.

Interment

Note to media representatives: For those media outlets who will be covering the visitation and service, further guidance and instructions will be released on Monday.

Anyone wishing to send condolences to Noah’s family may:

E-mail his family at : fornoah@montgomerycountymd.gov

The mailbox is designated for sending thoughts and prayers to Officer Leotta’s family. Please know that due to the volume of mail, we are unable to respond to any requests, questions, and/or comments.

Deliver or mail cards/messages to:

The Leotta Family
Montgomery County Police Department – 4th District
2300 Randolph Road
Wheaton, Maryland 20902

Donations:

Noah’s family has requested that anyone wishing to make a donation in memory of Officer Noah Leotta make them to the following organizations:

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.)
10440 Shaker Drive
#207
Columbia, MD 21046
www.madd.org

HEROES, Inc.
1200 29th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC  20007
www.heroes.org

Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)
P.O. Box 3199
Camdenton, MO  65020
www.nationalcops.org

Remember

 

 

Update: Suspect Charged in Aspen Hill Homicide

SealDetectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the homicide of a 20-year-old male that occurred yesterday, December 9, in the parking lot of the Sunoco gas station located at 14031 Georgia Avenue in Aspen Hill. The homicide victim is now being identified as Jose Santos Fuentes of Georgia Avenue in Aspen Hill.

Today, detectives have charged 17-year-old Elmer A. Galindo, of Rockville, as an adult for the homicide of Fuentes.

On December 9 at approximately 8:24 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (9-1-1) received a call for an assault that just occurred in the parking lot of the Sunoco gas station located at 14031 Georgia Avenue. Responding officers located two Hispanic male victims in the parking lot, one of whom was suffering from life-threatening injuries. Both victims were transported to an area hospital where Fuentes succumbed to his injuries. The second victim remains in serious condition at an area hospital.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Galindo and the two victims argued about a prior drug transaction that occurred earlier on December 9. The argument escalated into an assault with Galindo stabbing both victims multiple times. After the stabbing, Galindo fled from the area on foot.

An officer observed Galindo fleeing the area and stopped him in the 14000 block of Grand Pre Road. The officer noticed blood on Galindo’s pants and found Galindo to be in possession of a knife.

Galindo was arrested and transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder, one count of armed robbery, and one count of robbery. Galindo is being held without bond.

This investigation is continuing and detectives urge anyone who may have information regarding additional suspects in this homicide to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070. For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect(s). Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

Note: A mugshot of Galindo is not available due to his age.

RLG