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Update: Driver Identified in Fatal Pedestrian Collision at Soccer Game in Silver Spring

For Immediate Release: Thursday, July 3, 2014

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department - Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) continue to investigate the fatal pedestrian collision that occurred in the rear parking lot of Eastern Middle School on the evening of July 1.

At the time of the collision, there were three people in the striking vehicle.  On the evening of the investigation, the occupants of the vehicle would not admit who was driving.  On July 2, one of the occupants of the vehicle called police and stated that she was driving the vehicle at the time of the collision.  The driver is being identified as Esperanza O. Vasquez, age 33, of the 800 block of University Boulevard E in Silver Spring.  Vasquez does not have a Maryland Driver's License or Maryland Learner's Permit.  Investigators are determining whether Vasquez has a valid license from another state.

At the time of the collision, the owner of the striking vehicle was the front passenger of the vehicle.  The owner/front passenger is being identified as Roland B. Delgado-Romero, age 33, of the 800 block of University Boulevard E in Silver Spring.  Delgado-Romero holds a valid Maryland Driver's License.  A 26-year-old female was a rear passenger in the vehicle.  She is not being identified at this time.  The rear passenger holds a valid Maryland Learner's Permit.

Further investigation by detectives has revealed that prior to the collision, the vehicle occupant with a Learner's Permit was practicing her driving skills and driving the vehicle in the parking lot of Eastern Middle School.  The owner of the vehicle, Delgado-Romero, was in the front seat of the vehicle and Vasquez was in the rear seat.  At some point, Vasquez and the occupant with the learner's permit switched positions and Vasquez became the driver.  Vasquez was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the collision.

School video surveillance shows that the occupants of the vehicle switched positions prior to the collision.  The video does not capture the collision.  Because this collision is part of an on-going investigation, police will not release the video.

At this time, no charges have been made in this case.  The Collision Reconstruction Unit will consult with the State's Attorney's Office to determine the appropriate charges in this case.

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Update: Fatal Pedestrian Collision at Soccer Game in Silver Spring



Fatal Pedestrian Collision at Soccer Game in Silver Spring





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