3 pedestrians dead after 3 separate crashes in Montgomery County

Three pedestrians are dead after three crashes in Montgomery County, Maryland, Monday night.

Two of the deaths involved people who were struck by hit-and-run drivers.

Montgomery County police said the first crash happened just after 5:30 p.m. near New Hampshire Avenue and Elton Road in Hillandale.

The driver was traveling southbound on New Hampshire Avenue, approaching Elton Road, when he struck a 70-year-old man from Adelphi, Montgomery County police said. The driver of the 2014 Toyota Camry remained on the scene.

Less than an hour, later another crash happened about eight miles away at the intersection of Veirs Mill Road and Ferrara Avenue in Wheaton.

Officers arrived just after 6:20 p.m. to find a 59-year-old woman had been struck by a vehicle as she was crossing the street. The driver of the car left without checking on the pedestrian, police said. She died at the scene.

In connection with the second crash, police said they are looking for a silver or light blue 2012-2015 Volkswagen Passat with damaged to its front bumper, grille, side mirror or windshield.

Montgomery County police are asking anyone with information on the New Hampshire Avenue or Veirs Mill Road crashes to call them at 301-279-8000.

The third crash, which is under investigation by Maryland State Police, occurred on the Inner Loop of the Capital Beltway, before Colesville Road/U.S. Route 29.

Police said they responded at 9:10 p.m. to a report of a body on the shoulder of the road.

Police said the hit-and-run crash killed Danny Junior Beckford, 32, of D.C.

“Investigators have not confirmed where in the road or what time exactly Beckford was struck or what type of vehicle struck him. It is unknown why he was walking on the road at the time of the crash,” a news release said.

Anyone with information regarding is asked to call Maryland State Police at 301-392-1231.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect the first crash was not a hit-and-run and that there was a third crash that was a hit-and-run.

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