Cyclist struck, killed by car in Rockville

WASHINGTON — A bicyclist is dead after being struck by a car in Rockville, Maryland on Sunday afternoon.

It happened just before 1:30 p.m. near the intersection of Veirs Mill Road and Turkey Branch Parkway -– an intersection that’s at the bottom of two steep hills.

Montgomery County police said the bicyclist, 31-year old-Oscar Mauricio Gutierrez Osorio of Silver Spring, was taken to a nearby hospital where he died.

Police said Gutierrez Osorio appeared to be crossing the eastbound lanes of Veirs Mill Road in the area of a crosswalk when he was struck by a Honda Accord. The driver of the Honda was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The crosswalk spans Veirs Mill Road in a low-lying area. There are no traffic signals at the intersection or crosswalk but there are pedestrian-activated warning beacons near the top of the hills along with a pedestrian refuge on the median strip.

The eastbound lanes of Veirs Mill Road were blocked at Parklawn Drive for several hours for an investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is being asked to contact the Montgomery County Police at 240-773-6620.

There have been several crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists in the same location in recent years.

In late December 2015, a 19-year-old bicyclist was struck by an SUV in the westbound lanes near Turkey Branch Parkway and later died.

In early January 2015, a woman was struck and killed at Parkland Drive. An investigation revealed that the driver of the Volvo had a green light when he struck the 19 year old.

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