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Update: Follow Up to June 17 Fatal Collision in Colesville

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) and Detectives from the 4th District Investigative Section are conducting a joint  investigation. CRU detectives are investigating to determine if the vehicle and suspects involved in a fatal traffic collision on June 17 in the 200 block of Randolph Road were also involved in a collision that occurred minutes later the same day at the intersection of Randolph Road and New Hampshire Avenue. It has been confirmed that the same vehicle and driver in the intersection crash were involved in a June 15 crash in Olney. Detectives from the 4th District are investigating to determine if that known driver and vehicle are related to a June 16 armed robbery in the 1300 block of Wheaton Lane in the Northwood community of Silver Spring. They are seeking witnesses to any of these incidents to aid in advancing the investigations.

Incident details:

  • See Fatal Collision Investigated in Colesville Area release for basic details on the June 17 crashes in Colesville. The victim of the fatal crash in the 200 block of Randolph Road was identified as Victoria Millicent Hitchins, age 71, of the 14500 block of Barkwood Drive in Rockville (photo below). She was driving a tan 2009 Camry (photo below is an "exemplar" or an example of that make of vehicle) The driver of the striking vehicle was identified as Ousmane William (Will) Mohamed Barry, 20 years old from Palmyra, Virginia. He was driving a 2005 Mercury Mountaineer (two photos of that actual vehicle are below).
During the course of the fatal investigation, CRU detectives determined the vehicles (Camry and Mountaineer) were operating at a high rate of speed. It was also determined that there was some interaction between the two vehicles. The exact nature and cause of the interaction is not yet known. It is also not known if that interaction was momentary and coincidental, or if it was part of a longer interaction over a distance. Detectives do not know if there might have been additional interaction between the vehicles’ occupants outside of their vehicles.

After the non-fatal crash at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Randolph Road, the 20-year-old male driver was identified as Barry. He was treated at the scene. At least two, and perhaps more other occupants described as black males fled from the crashed vehicle, a 2005 black Mercury Mountaineer. A Montgomery County Police K-9 team located one of the individuals who had bailed from the crashed SUV. Both individuals were interviewed but no charges have been filed against either suspect.

A collision that occurred on June 15 is related to the June 17 non-fatal intersection collision.

  • On June 15 around midnight, a black SUV was involved in a crash in the drive-through lanes of the McDonalds restaurant located at 18010 Georgia Avenue in Olney. The SUV collided with a parked vehicle that caused it to be pushed into the drive-through lanes. There were no injuries. At that time, the driver of the at-fault vehicle and a juvenile remained at the scene but three individuals described as black males bailed out and ran. The driver was identified as Ousmane William (Will) Mohamed Barry and he was cited for this incident. His vehicle, a 2005 black Mercury Mountaineer had to be towed due to a shattered back window.
Fourth District Detectives are investigating to determine whether or not an armed robbery is linked to any of the traffic collisions.

  • At midnight on June 16, an armed robbery occurred in the 1300 block of Wheaton Lane in Silver Spring. During the robbery, two black males jumped out of a black SUV and robbed an adult Asian man at gunpoint. They fled from the scene in the SUV. At this stage of the investigation it is not known if this vehicle and/or any of its occupants were involved in the June 15 and 17 crashes.
Detectives are seeking to determine if the collisions are at all linked to the armed robbery; and why the fatal collision victim was traveling at a high rate of speed. They are asking anyone in the community who may have witnessed any of these incidents on June 15, 16 or 17 to contact them. If any home-owners or businesses have security video that shows any portion of Randolph Road, Glenallan Avenue or Georgia Avenue between Randolph and Bel Pre Roads, please contact detectives. Contact is also requested from anyone who saw a black SUV on June 16 or before the June 17, 7 a.m. crash with white plastic covering its back windshield (shattered during the crash at the McDonalds).

Collision Reconstruction Unit at: 240-773-6620.

4th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5530.

Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or enter a tip online. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for a felony crime.

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062116 type of car driven by fatal victim - Toyota Camry062116 type of car driven by fatal victim - Toyota Camry (Original Image)
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Release ID: 16-160
Media Contact: mcpnews 
Categories: fatal-collision, media-advisory, robbery, serious-collision, uncategorized