Montgomery County Council will hold a briefing on pedestrian and bicycle safety and the implementation of the County’s Vision Zero plan during its afternoon meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Council Office Building in Rockville (100 Maryland Ave.). Recent pedestrian deaths reinforce urgency of enhanced safety measures.
The Council meeting will include representatives from the Maryland State Highway Administration, Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation, the Montgomery County Police Department, Montgomery County Park and Planning, and Montgomery County Public Schools.
Vision Zero is a multi-national road traffic safety project that aims to achieve a highway system with no fatalities or serious injuries involving road traffic.
The Council is also planning a Vision Zero town hall meeting on pedestrian and bicycle safety issues on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. in Wheaton to hear directly from residents about the safety issues on roadways, sidewalks and crosswalks.
Councilmembers continue to advocate for specific pedestrian and bicycle safety improvement projects throughout Montgomery County and have secured speed limit reductions on some state roads. So far in 2020 there have been three pedestrian deaths, and two of these deaths occurred last week on Maryland Route 355 (Rockville Pike).
Council President Sidney Katz said:
“First and foremost, our condolences go out to all of the families who have lost loved ones on our sidewalks and roadways in Montgomery County. This month alone we have lost Jose Renan Guillen from Olney, Michael Louis Gamboa from Gaithersburg, and Brett Richard Badin from Rockville to pedestrian collisions. In addition to these deaths, there have been numerous crashes where pedestrians and bicyclists have sustained serious injuries.
“One of the Council’s top priorities is creating safe, walkable communities in our County, and we need to ensure that the needs of pedestrians and bicyclists are addressed.”
The Council staff report on the Vision Zero briefing will be available on Jan. 24 on the Council’s web page. www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/
Detectives Investigate 2nd Fatal Pedestrian Collision in Rockville
On Thursday, Jan. 16 at approximately 6:33 p.m., officers from the 1st District, the Rockville City Police Department, and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel responded to Rockville Pike (Route 355) near Wootton Parkway for a report of a serious collision involving a pedestrian.
Preliminary investigation has determined that a 2014 Honda Accord was traveling southbound on Rockville Pike approaching Wootton Parkway. For reasons still under investigation, the Accord struck an adult male pedestrian, who was attempting to cross Rockville Pike in a westerly direction. The pedestrian died at the scene. The adult male driver of the Honda and an adult female passenger in the Honda were not injured in the collision.
The driver of the Honda Accord is identified as 61-year-old Kathatorn Nonceeya of Fallsgrove Boulevard in Rockville.
The pedestrian is identified as 32-year-old Brett Richard Badin of the 11800 block of Old Georgetown Road in Rockville.
This collision investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.
Detectives Investigate Fatal Pedestrian Collision in Rockville
On Jan. 15, 2020, at approximately 8:41 pm, officers from the 1st District and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services personnel responded to the 12200 block of Rockville Pike for a personal injury collision.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2011 Nissan Sentra, driven by Adam Moche Aseraph, age 28 of Rockville, was traveling southbound on Rockville Pike when his vehicle struck Michael Louis Gamboa, age 40 of Gaithersburg, who was attempting to cross southbound Rockville Pike in an easterly direction. Aseraph remained on the scene after the collision.
Michael Louis Gamboa was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Adam Moche Aseraph was not injured.
Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has additional information is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.
Detectives Investigate Fatal Collision Involving Pedestrian in Wheaton
On Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, at approximately 6:26 p.m., officers from the 4th District and Montgomery County Fire/Rescue personnel responded to the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Aspen Hill Road for a personal injury collision.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2008 Honda Civic, driven by Beverly Bowler Babcock, age 74, of Silver Spring, was traveling north on Georgia Avenue when the vehicle struck Jose Renan Guillen, age 75, of Olney, who was attempting to cross Georgia Avenue.
Jose Renan Guillen was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Beverly Bowler Babcock was not injured.
Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has additional information is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620