Could the death of a MD Pedestrian have been avoided?

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- A day after a tragic crash in Prince George's County killed a mom and sent her toddler to the hospital in critical condition, WUSA9 is looking into whether this tragedy could have been prevented.

Person after person came up to our WUSA9 news crew saying the intersection of the 5800 block of Riverdale Road, near Kenilworth Avenue is extremely dangerous, and that something needs to be done.

It was late afternoon on Monday when 31-year-old Thelma Fernandez Flores was carrying her three-year-old toddler Isabella, while walking in a crosswalk across Riverdale Road in Prince Georges County. Two cars stopped. A third didn't. Flores was killed. Isabella is in critical condition but her family says she is expected to survive.

We set up our cameras for hours at the intersection. We watched as many people waited to cross. One woman and her child got stuck in the middle of the intersection and had to wait until 20 cars passed before they could get to the other side safely.

Maryland law requires cars to stop for a pedestrian in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. This crosswalk is clearly marked. A sign introduces it. However, people who regularly cross say something must be done. They want a stop light or stop sign installed.

WUSA9 called the Maryland State Highway Administration who has jurisdiction over this stretch of road. They say they cannot make any determination of changes to be made until Prince Georges County Police have completed their final investigation into the accident.


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