Detectives Investigate Fatal Collision Involving Motorcyclist in Bethesda

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department-Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal collision involving a motorcyclist that occurred this morning in Bethesda.

At approximately 6:11 a.m., officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the intersection of Rockville Pike (MD 355) and South Drive for the report of a collision involving a motorcyclist.

Preliminary investigation has indicated that the motorcyclist, identified as Francis G. Plati, Jr., age 35, of Woodleigh Lane in Stafford, Virginia, was operating a 2001 Suzuki and was traveling south on Rockville Pike.  A Ride On bus, operated by Hyggins Charles, age 59, of E. Indian Spring Drive in Silver Spring, was traveling north on Rockville Pike and attempted to make a left turn onto South Drive.  For reasons still under investigation, the vehicles collided in the intersection of Rockville Pike and South Drive.  Plati, Jr., was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

There were no passengers on the Ride On bus at the time of the collision.

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






Montgomery County Police to Conduct Pedestrian Enforcement

Pedestrian-Crossing-Sign_originalWHAT: In an effort to place focus on pedestrian safety, MCPD will be conducting a number of traffic enforcement operations at locations with marked crosswalks and areas that have been identified as pedestrian High Incidence Areas (HIAs) – areas with a higher frequency of pedestrian collisions.

During this enforcement, police will be issuing citations to both drivers and pedestrians who are in violation of the law. Officers will stop drivers who do not yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and officers will stop pedestrians who do not cross the street at crosswalks.

WHY: As daylight hours shorten, MCP reminds motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists to be extra vigilant. The goal of improving pedestrian safety in our neighborhoods is a long-term commitment. Drivers and pedestrians must both follow traffic laws and act responsibly in their respective roles.

WHEN: Tomorrow, November 4

WHERE: At locations on Route 355 from Germantown to Bethesda and at locations on Georgia Avenue from Connecticut Avenue to University Boulevard.


Update: Driver and Vehicle Involved in Pedestrian Hit-and-Run Collision Located

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit continue to investigate a serious, hit-and- run collision involving a pedestrian that occurred last night on Route 29.

Today at approximately 11: 50 a.m., an insurance company called the Police Department and stated that the driver involved in the hit-and run collision was at their office. Detectives then responded to the office and interviewed the driver. The driver is identified as Sandra Regina Carvalho, age 53, of Ambrose Court in Burtonsville.

Due to the ongoing investigation, specific information provided by Carvalho in her statement to police will not be released at this time.

Carvalho provided officers with the location of the striking vehicle. The vehicle is a dark gray 2006 Honda Pilot. Officers have taken custody of that vehicle and are examining it for evidence.

The pedestrian remains in critical condition at a local hospital.

Investigators continue to urge anyone who witnessed the collision or has information about this collision to call Montgomery County Police at 301-279-8000.

Update: Montgomery Village Death Ruled a Homicide

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the death of a 22-year-old man whose body was discovered on November 2 in Montgomery Village.  The death is now being investigated as a homicide.

Detectives are identifying the victim as Roberto Gutierrez Cruz, 22 years old, of the 18400 block of Lost Knife Road in Montgomery Village.

Today, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the manner of his death a homicide and the cause of his death as a gunshot wound.  Detectives believe that the homicide occurred at some point in the 48 hours prior to the discovery of the victim.

This remains an ongoing investigation and detectives are urging anyone who may have information regarding this homicide to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Tipsters are eligible for a cash reward.


Detectives Investigate Serious Hit-and-Run Collision Involving Pedestrian; Police Ask for Help in Locating Striking Vehicle and Driver

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department-Collision Reconstruction Unit are currently investigating a serious, hit-and-run collision involving a pedestrian that occurred last night on Route 29. The 17-year-old male pedestrian was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries and remains hospitalized in serious condition. Detectives are asking for the public’s help to locate the striking vehicle and driver involved in this collision. Investigators are also asking for any possible witnesses to this collision to please call the Montgomery County Police Department.

Last night (November 2) at approximately 10:20 p.m., two Montgomery County Police officers, investigating a matter unrelated to this collision, were traveling north on Route 29 (Columbia Pike) in the area of Tech Road. As the two officers passed the intersection of Tech Road, they observed an injured person lying near the road on the northbound side of Route 29. Officers determined that the injured person was a pedestrian who had been struck by a vehicle and Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) detectives responded to the collision scene.

Based on the investigation at the scene, CRU detectives have determined that the pedestrian, identified as Quasim Shinar Williams, age 17, of Harlequin Terrace in Silver Spring, was crossing Route 29 from west to east in the area of Tech Road. A vehicle traveling north on Route 29 struck Williams in the northbound lanes and left the scene. It is unknown if there are any witnesses to this collision.

Based on vehicle evidence at the scene, detectives believe that the striking vehicle may be a dark gray Honda sport utility vehicle (SUV), possibly a dark gray Honda Pilot. The vehicle is missing the passenger side mirror and may have front end damage.

Investigators are asking that anyone who witnessed the collision, anyone who saw something suspicious in the area around the time of the collision, or anyone who has information about the suspect driver or vehicle (location, repairs made to it, etc.) to immediately call Montgomery County Police at 301-279-8000.