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3 pedestrians killed by vehicles within hours in Montgomery County, police say

Three separate fatal crashes happened in just a few hours. Two of the incidents are being investigated as hit-and-run crashes.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — Police are investigating three separate pedestrian fatalities that occurred in Montgomery County Monday evening — two of which are being investigated as hit-and-run crashes.

The first pedestrian was killed around 5:30 p.m. in the Hillensdale area, police say. Officers were dispatched to the area of New Hampshire Avenue and Eltron Road after receiving a report of a traffic collision that involved a pedestrian. 

A spokesperson for MCPD confirmed that the pedestrian in Hillensdale died. The investigation by detectives found that the driver of a a grey 2014 Toyota Camry was traveling southbound on New Hampshire Ave., approaching Elton Rd., when he collided with the pedestrian who was crossing southbound New Hampshire Ave. from east to west. The driver of the Toyota remained on the scene, police said. The pedestrian has been identified as 70-year-old Moges Alemnew Webete  from Adelphi, Maryland.

The second pedestrian fatality occurred shortly before 6:30 p.m. in Wheaton, according to a statement from Montgomery County Police Department. 

MCPD says a woman was struck by a vehicle crossing Veirs Mill Road at Ferrara Avenue and the driver fled the scene without offering help to the pedestrian hit. The woman died at the scene, investigators say. Police have identified the victim as 59-year-old Luz Marina Roa  

The Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating this fatal crash in Wheaton as a hit-and-run. Police say the striking vehicle is described as "a silver or light blue 2012-2015 Volkswagen Passat" and "has possible damage to the front bumper, grille, side mirror, or windshield."

Anyone with information should contact police at 301-279-8000 or the Collision reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

Just a few hours later, around 11 p.m., Maryland State Police were called to a report of a pedestrian hit on the inner loop of I-495 just before Colesville Road. Responding troopers determined that the incident was a hit-and-run crash involving a pedestrian. The pedestrian, later identified as 32-year-old Danny Junior Beckford, of D.C., was killed as a result of the crash. The investigation into this crash is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this crash should contact the Maryland State Police Rockville Barrack at 301-424-2101 and reference case number 22-MSP-002006.

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