Police Investigate Pedestrian Accident in Wheaton


Montgomery County police are investigating a serious collision involving a pedestrian and a Ride-On bus that occurred this morning (April 29) in Wheaton.

It happened at 5:09 a.m. at the intersection of Randolph Road and Middlevale Lane.

According to the police investigation, the pedestrian was crossing the westbound lanes of Randolph Road.   Police said the Ride-On bus was traveling on westbound Randolph Road in the curb lane of the roadway when the bus struck the pedestrian.  Police said it is still under investigation whether the pedestrian was crossing the roadway in the crosswalk.

Police have identified the pedestrian as Tsehay Demeke Woldemanuel, age 34, of the 1500 block of Billman Lane in Silver Spring.  Woldemanuel was transported to Suburban Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Ride-On bus has been identified by police as Edward Donald Mericle, age 59, of the 12500 block of Lime Kiln Road in Fulton, Maryland.  The bus driver was not injured.

The circumstances surrounding this collision remain under investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240.773.6620 or call the police non-emergency number at 301.279.8000.  Callers may remain anonymous.

ORIGINAL POST  Montgomery County police are investigating an accident involving a pedestrian struck at Randolph Road and Middlevale Lane that occurred shortly after 5 a.m. today (April 29).

Fire Rescue Spokesperson Pete Piringer reports on his Twitter account that a priority one patient was transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

The accident investigation has closed westbound Randolph Road between Trovili Lake Drive and Middlevale Road. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.



Sonya Burke

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Sonya Burke is the Multimedia Manager at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at sburke@mymcmedia.org or reach her on Twitter @SonyaNBurke.


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