A 22-year-old woman died Thursday after a hit-and-run with a runaway Jeep pushed her car into an SUV and another car that was stopped at an intersection, said a Montgomery County Police spokeswoman.
Authorities said Marcelina Maria Cordoba of Silver Spring was pronounced dead at a local hospital Thursday after a four-car collision in Silver Spring Wednesday. Cpl. Rebecca Innocenti, a police spokeswoman, said investigators believe that Cordoba’s Audi flipped on Columbia Pike after the driver of a Jeep Commander hit it and disappeared, only to return hours later.
Montgomery County Police took to Twitter after the 1:18 p.m. accident, trying to find the disappearing Jeep. One tweet said, “Vehicle of Interest (cont): Red, mid-size SUV, possible Jeep Grand Cherokee. Possibly has passenger side damage.”
Innocenti said the driver of the Jeep, Phyllis Nicole Ford, 37, of Baltimore, returned to the scene at 3:24 p.m. and told officers she was involved in the crash. Authorities are still investigating why Ford left the accident and what led to her return, Innocenti said.
Investigators believe Cordoba’s Audi was traveling northbound on Columbia Pike near Fairland Road when Ford’s Jeep switched lanes, according to a press release. During the lane change, the Jeep hit the Audi, causing it to crash into a Lincoln Navigator that was also traveling north, the release said. The impact then forced Cordoba’s Audi to overturn and hit a Toyota Scion tC that was stopped at a westbound intersection on Columbia Pike.
The driver of the Lincoln, Joselyn Nicole Gamble, 29, of Silver Spring, was transported to an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Authorities said the driver of the Toyota, Rhonda Munir Eltobgi, 20, of Silver Spring, was not injured in the crash.
As of Thursday, Ford has not been charged in the incident. Innocenti said the police department’s collision reconstruction unit will confer on charges with the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office after the investigation is complete.