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UPDATE: Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run on Connecticut Avenue

A 53-year-old woman was struck near the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Randolph Road. The driver fled the scene.

Update, Feb. 28, 10:50 a.m.

Montgomery County police are looking for a Toyota Corolla in connection with a hit-and-run that occurred in Aspen Hill Tuesday night. Police said via Twitter that the car in question is of unknown color and a model from the late 1990s to the early 2000s. The car may have damage to its front right corner, possibly to the headlight area.

Family and friends of Marylyn Eres Ali, the woman who was fatally struck as she was crossing Connecticut Avenue sometime between 7 and 8 p.m., held a candlelight vigil Wednesday night along Connecticut Avenue near Everton Street, WTOP reported.

Ali routinely took the L8 Metrobus from Washington, DC, to the bus stop at Connecticut Avenue and Everton Street, usually arriving home around 7 p.m., according to a flier distributed by police. Police are asking for information from any passengers on the L8 bus who might have seen something at this bus stop around the time of the collision.

Original story, Feb. 27

Montgomery County police are searching for the driver who fatally struck a 53-year-old woman while she was crossing Connecticut Avenue Tuesday night. 

Emergency responders found Marlyn Eres Ali, of the 3800 block of nearby Elby Street in Wheaton, just off southbound Connecticut Avenue at Everton Street at approximately 8:15 p.m. They transported her to Suburban Hospital where she later died.

According to a police statement, Ali appeared to have been crossing from east to west on Connecticut Avenue at Everton Street. She had crossed the northbound lanes safely but was struck by a vehicle in the southbound lanes. 

Investigators have not confirmed the type of vehicle involved but say it may have front-end damage.

Detectives are requesting that anyone with information contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240.773.6620. Callers may remain anonymous.

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Speak Out: Three Pedestrian Deaths in Three Weeks

Anne B February 28, 2013 at 03:48 PM
I didn't know her personally, but Ms. Ali was my neighbor as she lived one block away. My thoughts & prayers are with her family as they deal with this tragic loss. I hope the police find whoever struck her and fled the scene. In such a busy area, hopefully someone can help the police. The police have been out in force the last two nights stopping cars and handing out flyers to solicit information on the accident, and I commend them for that. This is by far the most police presence I've seen in my neighborhood and I wish we'd see the police patrolling the neighborhood and setting speed traps more often. Drivers need to be much more cautious and do often speed on this stretch of road, but being struck at 45 mph is enough to kill someone as well. This is why it perplexes me that I've witnessed work crews installing a portion of sidewalk level with the road in the median at CT Ave and Everton St, presumably to help pedestrians cross. This is one block from the intersection of Randolph & CT with a traffic light & well marked pedestrian cross walks, so why encourage pedestrians to cross where there are neither? People are constantly crossing CT, Randolph and Veirs Mill Roads where there is no crosswalk or traffic light, often with young kids. Last year, the county put in relatively attractive barriers on Randolph near Viers Mill, and they've greatly reduced the # of pedestrians jaywalking. I hope more of the same will be done soon elsewhere to prevent such horrible deaths.
P Pedestrian February 28, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Have you ever walked from the bus stop at Everton Street south along Connecticut to the intersection at Randolph, waited for the light, and then walked back north along Connecticut to Everton Street? I am assuming that you have not, because if you had, it would not perplex you that people cross at Everton Street instead of making this detour. If my assumption is wrong, I apologize. Pedestrians almost always choose the shortest routes to their destination. This is well-known. It's time to stop trying to re-engineer human behavior and start re-engineering our streets so that pedestrians can use them safely.
Anne B February 28, 2013 at 08:15 PM
I have walked that route and understand it is inconvenient. But is that few minutes worth losing your life? I agree that we need to re-engineer our streets, which is why I think the county needs to put in more safe crosswalks which are well marked and include traffic lights, especially near bus stops. Sure, that will be inconvenient for drivers, but they'll just have to deal with it. Until then, pedestrians need to realize that a few minutes of inconvenience are not more important than their safety.
maurice March 03, 2013 at 07:32 AM
I drove by the scene the night of the accident, I drive a toyota corolla with damage to all sides of my vehicle. What I saw was a MTA bus that appeared to have had an accident, the bus was well over the side island and appeared to be stuck. I was heading home to Glenmont from Burger King. I paused as I crossed the street and saw people with green reflective jackets on. I guess the morons wearing the jackets thought it would be helpful to identify vehicles driving by after the accident. What makes me furious is I was hit by a car in 2012 and glenmont police officers that reported to the scene said they could do nothing about what happened because there was no liscense plate (even though I had a witness.) They didnt bother to contact the media nor make a "b.o.l.o." What angers me is police wait until it is too late!! then they try to catch someone. What makes me even more furious is that...I bet, if this happened to a cop...every street camera in the city would be under investigation!!! anyways....I was furious when I saw my car on the news...I thought to myself, "how could these police be so lazy and actually pull something like this to act like they are working." anyways....I called police as soon as I saw the news reporting the corolla and gave the police my insurance information which has pictures of every angle of my car, well before the day of this tragic accident. My report number is P130059471 and I spoke to officer Jones. God Bless this family.

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