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Updated: Silver Spring Man Dead After White Oak Pedestrian Crash

Police said the man tripped while walking across the southbound lanes of Route 29 Thursday night.

A 44-year-old man is dead after being hit by a Nissan Altima while he was walking across the southbound lanes of Route 29 in White Oak Thursday night, Montgomery County police said. 

Police said the driver, Kym Nwosu, 43, of Columbia, MD, was heading south on Route 29 and approaching Oak Leaf Drive. Witnesses told investigating officers that Charles Oppong Aboagye, of the 100 block of Finale Terrace in Silver Spring, had been on the median of the road before he started to cross the southbound lanes, police said. He tripped and was hit by the car, according to police. 

The driver stayed on the scene and by the time police arrived, around 10:30 p.m., the victim was dead, police said. 

Police are asking anyone who has information about this collision to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620. Calls can be anonymous.

Ian Brett Cooper February 09, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Traffic speeds on that road (Colesville Road) are far too fast. People routinely speed, virtually turning it into a freeway. It's scandalous that the police don't seem willing or able to police that stretch of road.
Ian Brett Cooper February 09, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Also, there should be pedestrian crossings. That area is a medical services hub and many patients have to get the bus there from Silver Spring. The bus back picks up on the southbound side of Colesville, so pedestrians must cross six lanes of traffic with no marked crosswalk and traffic going at speeds of 55mph or more (in a 45mph limit).
Kim Cooke February 09, 2013 at 09:38 PM
You're right, Ian, people routinely travel 55 and above right through that stretch. In addition, there's a lot of darting in and out of lanes.
Ian Brett Cooper February 09, 2013 at 10:30 PM
I happened to go along that stretch of Colesville today. Sad that some roads in Silver Spring (Colesville/Columbia Pike, 16th Street, University Blvd, etc.) have got to the point at which pedestrian use is just not factored in to the design and speeding is ubiquitous and ignored by police. These are regular streets that people are legally allowed to cycle on and walk across at any intersection, yet motorists treat these as freeways. All of this makes these roads deadly for anyone not using a car on them. Since the bus stop is right there and the nearest marked crossing is at Prelude Drive and requires pedestrians to make a detour of half a mile or more from where this man died, I'm surprised that more people aren't killed there.
Ian Brett Cooper February 09, 2013 at 10:56 PM
The thing that bothers me so much about this is that one of the biggest reasons accidents like this happen has to do with people being in such an all-fired rush to get places - that's why roads get designed and signposted in such a way that speed (not safety) is job #1, it's why speed limits are too high, it's why people ignore these already too high speed limits and go faster anyway. It sets up a situation in which pedestrians and slow-moving vehicles are essentially bullied or frightened off these roads, and when these 'less important' road users do venture onto these roads, as they sometimes must, they risk death because it's impossible for cars to stop in time in an emergency. And nothing ever gets done about it, because getting motorists to their destination at the fastest speed possible is always more important than making roads useable for everyone. Sadly, I fear this man died because the road wasn't designed with his needs in mind. He died because of everyone else's homicidal impatience to get to work, to their home, etc., because apparently, no one is ever willing to set out just a few minutes earlier and go a little slower.
Thomas Paine February 10, 2013 at 04:10 PM
It's a tragedy that this man died. But wasn't he crossing at a place he shouldn't have been according to law, regulation, and/or common sense? Should the thousands of motorists who use this major traffic artery safely everyday be demonized because of this tragedy?
Ian Brett Cooper February 10, 2013 at 04:24 PM
There is no evidence that the victim was crossing where he shouldn't have been crossing. There is an unmarked crosswalk on Route 29 at the corner of Oak Leaf Drive. This attitude - that motor vehicles are the only things with a right to the road - is very common, but it does not reflect state law and it's not very helpful or compassionate. Every road junction is, according to Maryland law, a crosswalk, whether marked or otherwise. The same applies to places where the sidewalk ends mid-block. Motorists are required to yield to pedestrians whenever pedestrians are crossing at such a place.
Ian Brett Cooper February 10, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Pedestrians are also permitted by law to cross a road at places other than marked or unmarked crosswalks, as long as they yield to oncoming traffic. So even if Mr. Aboagye was crossing at a place other than a crosswalk, his actions were perfectly legal. Tripping and falling is not 'failure to yield'. I think blaming the victim is a particularly vile practice.
Jennifer February 22, 2013 at 06:28 PM
I was hit by a van on Jan 31 2013 and dislocated my left knee and will have to have surgery next month. Now we might have to have an attorney to fight the police report.I had a few minutes to spare to catch my bus. People turning left were finished turning and I looked all ways to make sure no one was coming as soon as I was stepping down to cross the lady driving a van ran into me and the report says I walked into her van. That's a lie I was crossing the street. People don't care about pedestrians these days.
Jennifer February 22, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Now I will have 3 months of recovery time and the driver gets away with it. That's not fair.
Ian Brett Cooper February 22, 2013 at 07:04 PM
I wish you luck with the case. Pedestrians and cyclists come a distant second to motorists in police reports. Sadly, police tend to favor drivers over any other kind of road user, probably because most police work out of cars. If we could get more police on bcycles and on foot, maybe they would get a different perspective.

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