Here is the latest
Montgomery County police say a bicyclist was struck and killed when he rode into an intersection on a red light in downtown Silver Spring.
The collision occurred shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday at Silver Spring Avenue and Fenton Street.
Police say 23-year-old Jesus Antonia Hernandez of Silver Spring was not wearing a helmet when he was struck by a Toyota Corolla. He was taken to a hospital, where he died. The driver of the car sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
The collision remains under investigation. No charges have been filed.
"The bicyclist is identified as Jesus Antonia Hernandez, age 23, of the 100 block of E. Wayne Avenue in Silver Spring. The driver of the Corolla is identified as Maria Inciong, age 79, of the 18000 block of Branchwood Lane in Sandy Spring," police said.
The circumstances surrounding this collision remain under investigation. Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed this fatal collision to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773- 6620. Callers may remain anonymous.
Update 2 (from the comments):
Preliminary investigation by patrol units indicated that the bicyclist was northbound on the sidewalk of the southbound side of Fenton Street and was approaching Silver Spring Avenue. A 2004 Toyota Corolla was traveling westbound on Silver Spring Avenue and was approaching Fenton Street on a green light. The bicyclist entered the intersection on a red light and collided with the Corolla. The bicyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Based on this report, it sounds like he was doing several risky things, namely
- Riding on the sidewalk (which I defend, but it is higher risk, and to be done safely needs to be done with caution)
- Riding against traffic on the sidewalk (There is at least one place on my ride to my office - not my normal commute where I do this, but again - higer risk, greater caution)
- crossing against the light. (This is also something I do, but never in combination with 1 and 2, and never at an intersection like this one)
And then he wasn't wearing a helmet either, which is probably not ideal. Unfortunate any way you look at it.