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Police Investigate Serious Collision on Aspen Hill Road

For Immediate Release: Sunday, November 16, 2014

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department- Collision Reconstruction Unit continue to investigate a single-vehicle collision that occurred on Aspen Hill Road last night.

On Saturday, November 15 at approximately 9:00 p.m., a Montgomery County police officer observed an unoccupied, silver, 2007, Honda Civic parked in the fire lane in front of the Aspen Hill Beer and Wine located at 13745 Connecticut Avenue (in the Aspen Hill Shopping Center).  The officer parked his police cruiser behind the vehicle and activated his cruiser's emergency equipment.  The driver of the vehicle returned to his car and the officer approached him and requested his identification.  The officer determined that the driver had a suspended driver's license and was not authorized to drive.  The officer then requested a tow truck to tow the vehicle.

When the tow truck arrived, the driver asked the officer, and was permitted, to retrieve his cell phone from his vehicle.  The driver entered the Honda and drove away at a high rate of speed.

The officer attempted to stop the vehicle but lost sight of it as it traveled west on Aspen Hill Road. Officers began looking for the vehicle and located it on its side on Aspen Hill Road, just west of Marianna Drive.  The driver had been ejected from the vehicle and was found unconscious on the sidewalk.

Fire&Rescue personnel arrived and transported the driver to Suburban Hospital where he is in grave condition.  He has been identified as 21-year-old Annal Upadhyaya of Federal Court in Gaithersburg.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the Honda Civic was traveling west on the curve near Marianna Drive on Aspen Hill Road and for reasons still under investigation, began to overturn.  The vehicle then struck a sign pole and a utility pole before coming to rest on the driver's side against an unoccupied, parked vehicle on the northside of Aspen Hill Road.  Upadhyaya was ejected from the vehicle during the sequence of events.

Annal Upadhyaya remains in grave condition.  Family members have been notified.

The circumstances surrounding this collision remain under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240.773.6620.  Callers may remain anonymous.


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Release ID: 14-420
Media Contact: mcpnews 
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