A woman was struck and killed by a car Thursday night as she was crossing Georgia Avenue in Wheaton, marking the second pedestrian traffic fatality to occur in the area within the last two weeks, police said.
Etsegenet Abebe Hurissa, 24, of the 13200 block of Holdridge Road in Silver Spring, was pronounced dead shortly after 10:38 p.m. Thursday by police and emergency rescue officials arriving at the scene near the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Regina Drive, said Montgomery County police officer Janelle Smith.
Just minutes before, Hurissa had been struck by a silver 2007 Volkswagen Eos that was headed north on Georgia Avenue. The driver, 18-year-old Carlos Andre Arias of the 4000 block of Chesterwood Drive in Silver Spring, appeared to lose control of the vehicle shortly after striking Hurissa, leaving the roadway and careening through a wooden fence where he came to a stop in the backyard of a nearby house, Smith said.
Specialists from the department’s Collision Reconstruction Unit remain uncertain what factors may have been involved in the incident or who may have been at fault, said Capt. Thomas Didone, commander of the department’s Traffic Division.
“We’re waiting for the investigation to really identify what circumstances may have led to this,” he said. “It’s just way too early to tell.”
Both Arias and his passenger, 17-year-old Pool Bryan Ubillus, of the 13000 block of Daley Street in Silver Spring, remained at the scene with their vehicle and were taken to local hospitals with minor, non-life-threatening injuries. Arias was taken to Suburban Hospital and Ubillus was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, Smith said.
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