ROCKVILLE – Pedestrians in Montgomery County continue to be cannon fodder for motorists. According to the latest statistics, those who walk around the streets of the county are getting hit at a rate of more than once a day.
In the latest accident, a 21-year-old pedestrian is dead after a pickup truck struck him Sunday.
Roberto Flores, a resident of Hyattsville, died Monday at Shady Grove Hospital, according the Montgomery County Police after a truck hit him at the intersection of First and Maple Street in Rockville around 11:38 p.m. Sunday night.
Police said Flores was hit by a Toyota Tacoma driven by Robert Martin, a 36-year-old Germantown resident. Martin was travelling west on First Street and remained at the scene, according to police. The collision is under investigation and information regarding whether Flores was crossing at a crosswalk is not available at this time.
There were 483 pedestrians involved in collisions and 13 fatalities in Montgomery County during 2013, according to the Pedestrian Safety Initiative Update report published by CountyStat. The collisions in 2013 were the most in a year since 2005 and 18 percent of them resulted in an “incapacitating injury” or death, according to the report.
Pedestrians under the age of 30 were over-represented in collisions compared to their share of the county population and on average accounted for 40 percent of collisions in the last four years, according to the report. In 2013, 27 percent of all pedestrian collisions happened between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., according to the report.
The report found that visibility is a significant factor in the likelihood of a pedestrian collision. In collisions from 2010 to 2013 where the pedestrian was considered at fault crossing outside of a crosswalk was the most common cause, according to the report. Many of the collisions where the driver was found to be at fault happened when they were making a left turn, moving at a constant speed or backing up, according to the report.
Anyone with information about the Rockville collision can contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.