Update: Serious Personal Injury Collision at Routes 29 and 198 Turned Fatal

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU)  continue to investigate the serious one-car personal injury collision that occurred at 5:16 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, on the Route 198 exit ramp to northbound Route 29.  For unknown reasons the driver lost control of his vehicle which left the roadway.

The adult male victim did not survive his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital later in the evening on June 30.

This crash is unrelated to any storm damage or power outage.

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call CRU investigators at 301-840-2435.

More details about the crash and the identity of the victim will be released when they become available.


People with Pets Using County Cooling Shelters may Take Pets to Animal Shelter

The following information regarding the use of the County’s Animal Shelter at 14645 Rothgeb Drive in Rockville, applies only to those seeking shelter at one of the County’s three cooling shelters.

Only for those individuals with cats and dogs as pets who are going to one of the County’s cooling shelters at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Clarksburg High School in Clarksburg, or the new White Oak Recreation Center  in the White Oak community of Silver Spring, their pets can be boarded at the County’s Animal Shelter.

If possible call the shelter’s emergency number in advance at 240-773-5900 to let them know you are coming.  The shelter closed at 5:00 p.m. but there is a buzzer next to the front that will be answered to allow for emergency pet sheltering.

Again, due to space limitations, this service can only be used by people with pets who are going to one of the County’s shelters.


MCPD Storm Update

Montgomery County Police advise that there are currently 35 road closures with more expected to be identified as information is received.

PEPCO reports that there are now 221,000 homes in the County without power.

Five hundred out of 800 traffic signals remain out of service.  Police will assist with traffic direction at major intersections when possible as they continue to respond to heavier than normal calls for service.  Drivers are asked to treat “dark” intersections as four-way stops.  Stop – then proceed cautiously.  This practice is critical to ensure driver and pedestrian safety.

When a wire or tree is down in or blocking a roadway, call 9-1-1 or the police non-emergency number 301-279-8000.  All other calls for trees and wires down can be reported to MC311 by calling 240-777-0311 or 240-777-6000.  Information can also be reported to MC311 through their website at www.mc311.com.  Community members with trees down on County property are asked to be patient as there are a great number of locations for the County crews to respond to.

Three shelters are currently open in the County at:  Richard Montgomery High School, Clarksburg High School and at the new White Oak Recreation Center at 1700 April Lane in White Oak.

Because storms are expected again later today.  Residents are asked to complete errands and trips before more bad weather occurs.




Female Found Deceased in Home after Tree Fell on Home Overnight

Montgomery County Police are investigating the death of a 71-year-old woman whose body was discovered this morning when Fire and Rescue personal responded to a call for a tree down on a home in the 10000 block of Grant Avenue in Silver Spring.

Entry was forced into the locked residence and the woman’s body was discovered unresponsive in a second-floor bedroom.  The apparent cause of death is due to a large Maple tree falling through the roof and onto her bed at an unknown time during the night.  The cause of death will be confirmed by autopsy.

The victim’s identity will be released after notification of family members.  She lived alone in the residence.

Montgomery County Police and Fire and Rescue personnel ask neighbors to check at homes where there is major tree damage and call 9-1-1 to report any concerns to check the welfare of individuals at those homes.



Smooth Operator Campaign Second Wave Enforcement Advisory

When:      June 29, 2012 – July 7, 2012

Where:    Throughout the county


Montgomery County Police are participating in the second wave of the summer-long Smooth Operator enforcement. This metropolitan area-wide initiative targets aggressive driving behaviors with enforcements in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and in the District of Columbia.

Those behaviors include: speeding, tailgating, unsafe lane changing, failing to yield the right-of-way, and running red lights and stop signs.

During these waves, Montgomery County Police will be especially committed to enforcing aggressive driving laws and traffic violations.

The Smooth Operator program began in 1997 to raise drivers’ awareness of dangerous behaviors on the road and to reduce the number of those incidents through education and enforcement.  Some simple steps that can be taken to decrease a tendency toward aggressive driving are:

  • Allow extra travel time.
  • Maintain an adequate distance from the vehicle in front of you to ensure        proper braking distance.
  • Use turn signals when turning or making lane changes.  Make sure you have plenty of room to avoid cutting off other drivers.
  • Come to a full stop at red lights and stop signs.
  • Don’t become angry or frustrated with other drivers; avoid road rage.

The Montgomery County Police Department wants to remind all motorists to be aware of their responsibility to drive  the speed limit, obey all traffic laws, and to always use caution when operating a motor vehicle.