Woman dies after being hit by SUV in Montgomery

January 22, 2013

A woman who was walking on a sidewalk in Montgomery County was killed Tuesday night when a SUV lost control in a shopping center parking lot and struck her, police said.

The driver of a 2002 Mitsubishi Montero careened from the parking lot of the Orchard Center in the Calverton area, and then jumped a curb and crossed a grassy area and struck the victim, police said. Authorities responded to the accident near Broadbirch Drive and Cherry Hill Road about 6:15 p.m. and found the woman with life-threatening injuries.

The pedestrian, whom police did not immediately identify, was taken to a trauma center in Baltimore, where she died. The driver of the SUV, who was also a woman, sustained minor injuries and was taken to a hospital, officials said.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.
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