MONTGOMERY CO., Md. - Police say four pedestrians died after getting hit by cars in the past two weeks, with three of the crashes happening along Georgia Avenue.
The most recent crash happened Friday morning.
Montgomery County Police say they were called to Georgia Avenue at Reedie Drive around 4:05 a.m., where they found 41-year-old Mauricio Correra with apparent collision-related trauma to his body. The driver of the Mustang that hit him remained on scene.
Correra died from his injuries at the scene.
Preliminarily, police believe Correra was not using the crosswalk at the time that he was hit.
While the recent cases are still under investigation, police believe many of the pedestrian crashes this year have involved pedestrians not using the crosswalk or crossing illegally.
"All of these crashes are very tragic so investigators are looking at all aspects of the scene, what the pedestrian was doing, what the driver was doing, the environmental conditions so we can identify what actually were the causes of the crash," says Captain Thomas Didone, Director of Traffic for Montgomery County Police.
In light of the recent crashes, Captain Didone says they are looking at implementing an education and awareness program to help people understand how and when to cross the roadway safely.
In the meantime, especially with kids going back to school soon, he is asking drivers and pedestrians to put the phones and all electronic distractions away, and to pay extra attention.
"Everybody has a responsibility to prevent these crashes," he says. "We have to keep people alive, people are losing their lives on the highway unnecessarily and all of these can be prevented."
So far this year, there have been 11 deadly pedestrian crashes in the county. Last year, the county had 11 total.
This collision investigation into Friday's crash is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.