By: Allan M. Siegel
In less than one year, two bicyclists have been fatally struck by automobiles
at the intersection of Veirs Mills Road and Turkey Branch Parkway in Rockville,
Maryland. On Sunday July 17, a 31-year-old bicyclist attempted to cross
Veirs Mill northbound when he was hit by a Honda vehicle proceeding east.
According to police, Oscar Mauricio Gutierrez Osorio of Silver Spring
was in the crosswalk when he was struck by the 2003 Honda Accord at approximately 1:30 p.m
Osorio was transported to the hospital where he died from his injuries.
The driver of the Accord, 42-year-old Silver Spring resident Williams
Alfo Cordova Siguenza, was also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The intersection of Turkey Branch Parkway and Veirs Mills Road was recently
the location of another fatal bike accident. On December 28, 2015, Frank
Lawrence Towers was riding a bike across Viers Mill Road when a Toyota
4Runner traveling westbound struck him. In Montgomery County, 12 pedestrians
and three bicyclists were reported killed last year, up from nine and
one the year prior. Two of the people killed in 2015 were crossing Veirs
Mill less than a mile from the Veirs Mill and Turkey Branch location where
Towers and the most recent bicyclist died.
The crosswalk on Veirs Mill Road is a low-lying area with hills on both
sides. There are no traffic signals at the intersection but there are
pedestrian-activated warning lights near the top of the hills along with
a marked crosswalk.
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C., we believe intersections
like the Viers Mill Road and Turkey Branch Parkway deserve more robust
safety protections. Our attorneys see far too many
bicycle crash victims and families that have been devastated by tragic accidents. We
hope this latest tragedy will prompt the State Highway Authority to take
necessary actions to make this roadway less deadly.