By: Allan M. Siegel
A Kentlands man was tragically struck and killed yesterday morning in an
accident involving a Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) truck.
According to police reports, the accident occurred Monday morning shortly
after 9:30 a.m. as the 60-year-old man was cycling east on Darnestown
Road near The Shops at Potomac Valley. The utility truck, making a left
at an intersection, struck the man in front of the shopping center. Emergency
medical personnel attempted CPR and life-saving efforts, but the man was
pronounced dead at the scene. The deceased was identified as Andrew Gerard
Malizio, 60, of the 300 block of Hart Road in Gaithersburg. Our prayers
and sympathies go out to the family. Officials from WSCC announced that
the commission will also be conducting its own investigation.
The fatal collision is a tragedy for all involved, and a continued reminder
of the need for everyone in the community to do our best to watch for
cyclists and safely share the road. Bicycle riders are among the most
vulnerable on public streets and they have little protection from outside
forces. Although the man in this case had been wearing a helmet, he still
suffered fatal injuries.