The Washington Post

Gaithersburg man killed after vehicle strikes tree

A Gaithersburg man was killed early Sunday morning when the pickup truck he was driving veered off Route 108 and struck a tree.

Montgomery County police says an off-duty officer contacted police after noticing the pickup, driven by Antonio Ayala, 49, driving erratically around 1 a.m. Another officer arrived at Route 108 and Hawkins Creamery Road in an effort to get the truck to stop, but the vehicle left the eastbound lane of Route 108 and struck a tree. Ayala died at the scene.

Family members told police Ayala was a diabetic and used insulin and was last seen Saturday around 6 p.m. when he left his house for groceries. Police are continuing their investigation. Anyone with any information is asked to call 240-773-6620.

Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.

The Freddie Gray case

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Campaign 2016 Email Updates

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Get Zika news by email

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!
Show Comments
Most Read


Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Close video player
Now Playing

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.