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Montgomery County police seek information on fatal hit-and-run on Connecticut Avenue

By St. John Barned-Smith and — Gazette,

A small bunch of roses and dandelions was tied to a traffic pole not far from where Marlyn Eres Ali was killed by a hit-and-run driver. Nearby, Montgomery County police flagged down motorists and passed out fliers.

Ali was on the way home from her job as a nanny Tuesday evening when she was struck by a vehicle traveling south on Connecticut Avenue in the Wheaton area.

Officers were trying Wednesday night to reach people who witnessed the incident as well as passengers from Metro’s L8 bus, which Ali often took to get home to Silver Spring.

Police are also looking for anyone who knows someone who claims to have struck a deer in the county recently. The vehicle that hit Ali probably has front-end damage, police said.

Police Capt. Thomas Didone said a passing motorist spotted Ali lying on the Connecticut Avenue median and alerted authorities. Fire and rescue workers took her to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, where she died, Didone said.

Ali, 53, was remembered as warm, loving and vivacious by Jessica Daly, who said Ali watched her two young children. “My kids listened to her; they don’t listen to me,” Daly said, with a smile.

Residents and family members vented their frustration at Ali’s death.

Maria Vedrin, a neighbor, carried mail along Connecticut Avenue for six years. The 45-mph speed limit there “is too fast,” she said. Vedrin ticked off recent accidents in the area and said it needs crosswalks, lights and better signs.

“It’s not safe,” she said.

— Gazette

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