A Silver Spring woman was killed Friday night when she walked into oncoming traffic and was hit by a car near the scene of a similar pedestrian accident four months ago, Prince George's County police said.
Leyia Hernandez, 37, was taken to Washington Adventist Hospital about 8 p.m. just after being struck by a 1988 Toyota Corolla on New Hampshire Avenue near University Boulevard and the Montgomery County line, said Officer Debbi Sabel, a Prince George's police spokeswoman. Hernandez was pronounced dead a short time later, Sabel said.
The accident occurred near several busy strip malls full of grocery and department stores that anchor the neighborhood of Langley Park. Sabel said the driver of the Corolla, a man whom police would not identify, was heading north on New Hampshire Avenue between Langley Park Shopping Center and Langley Park Plaza when Hernandez darted in front of his car.
The driver stopped immediately and called police, Sabel said. Police said Hernandez was at fault -- she was wearing dark clothing and was not in a designated crosswalk.
It is unclear what Hernandez was doing Friday night, but police said she was walking east, away from her home in the 8700 block of Manchester Road near Sligo Creek Stream Valley Park almost two miles away.
On Dec. 12, a nighttime pedestrian accident killed an infant in a stroller and a 2-year-old boy outside Langley Park Shopping Center. The children and two women, ages 24 and 30, were struck by a car as they left the curb, police said. Like Hernandez, they were not in a crosswalk, and the driver of the car was not charged, police said. The names of the women and children were not available yesterday, nor was the nature of the children's relationship to the women, Sabel said.
University Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue are two of the busiest thoroughfares in Prince George's and Montgomery counties. About 6,000 cars pass through the intersection every day, according to an estimate by Reliable Properties, the California real estate company that owns Langley Park Shopping Center. Pedestrian traffic also is heavy. The roads intersect in a neighborhood with many Hispanic immigrants who travel by foot or must cross the intersection to reach a bus stop.
Pedestrian traffic increased so much there in the 1990s that the county installed a sidewalk along University Boulevard in 1999.
The area is well lighted at night because of the nearby businesses, Sabel said. But it is busy, she said, and "there are still going to be some accidents."
Staff researcher Madonna Lebling contributed to this report.