Cyclist dies after being struck by trash truck in Gaithersburg

A 61-year-old woman died after she was struck by a trash truck while riding her bike in an intersection in Gaithersburg, Maryland, on Friday morning, according to Montgomery County Police.

Around 8:30 a.m., Montgomery County Police, Gaithersburg City Police and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue responded to the intersection of S. Frederick Avenue and S. Westland Drive for the report of a crash involving a cyclist and a Potomac Disposal Mack trash truck.

Police say the trash truck was making a right turn from westbound S. Westland Dr. onto northbound S. Frederick Avenue while the cyclist was riding west across the northbound lanes of S. Frederick Avenue at the crosswalk.

The trash truck struck the cyclist on S. Frederick Avenue, according to police.

The cyclist was identified as 61-year-old Zhen Xiu Chen, of Gaithersburg. She suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to Shady Grove Hospital, where Chen died from her injuries, according to police.


The Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate the crash. Anyone with information regarding is asked to contact detectives at 240-773-6620.

See a map of the intersection below:

Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

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