By: Allan M. Siegel
A 19-year-old cyclist was killed last week after being struck by an SUV.
According to reports, the cyclist was crossing the intersection of Veirs
Mill Road and Turkey Branch Parkway. The cyclist, Frank Towers of Rockville,
Maryland, was riding his bike on the way home from his new job at Dynamite
Gymnastics Center in Bethesda.
According to Montgomery County Police, a preliminary investigation revealed
Towers was wearing a helmet and crossing in a median strip in the area
of a crosswalk when he was struck by a 2000 Toyota 4Runner. Towers’
friends have set up a
fundraising page on YouCaring to cover funeral expenses.
The fatal crash, which occurred on Dec. 28, 2014 at approximately 7:30
p.m., is still under investigation. Investigators are requesting anyone
with information about the accident to contact the Montgomery County Collision
Reconstruction Unit. According to news reports, a vehicle other than the
4Runner SUV had already stopped at the crosswalk when the collision happened.
After the crash investigation is completed, Montgomery County Police Capt.
Thomas Didone stated that he will deliver the report to the Maryland state’s
attorney’s office and a decision will be made whether to press charges
against the SUV driver. “People trying to cross are universally
ignored by drivers,” Capt. Didone told the Washington Post. “We
have done many, many crosswalk stings at that location, and every time
we go we write as many tickets as we can handle.”
Maryland law requires drivers to stop for individuals in crosswalks.
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., we see accidents where
pedestrians or bicyclists are struck in crosswalks in Washington, D.C.,
Maryland, and Virginia all too often. Many times, these individuals are
severely injured and left with hefty hospital and medical bills.
Our team of experienced injury attorneys fight for the rights of injured individuals
and their families. We use the civil justice system to hold careless drivers
and their insurance companies accountable for needless injuries and loss of life.