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Detectives Investigate Fatal Pedestrian Collision in Germantown

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a fatal collision involving a pedestrian that occurred this morning in Germantown.

On June 20 at approximately 10:44 a.m., 5th District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the intersection of Great Seneca Highway and Middlebrook Road for the report of a pedestrian-involved collision.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that a 2003 Toyota Sequoia, driven by Rachelle Tankeu, age 55, of Tilford Court in Germantown, was traveling west on Middlebrook Road.  At the intersection with Great Seneca Highway, the Sequoia, for reasons still under investigation, left the roadway and struck a pedestrian who was standing on the median.  The pedestrian is identified as Richard Lee Cooper age 64, of an unconfirmed address.  After striking the pedestrian, the Sequoia struck a 1998 Ford Expedition that was attempting to make a left turn from northbound Great Seneca Highway onto westbound Middlebrook Road.  The driver of the Expedition is identified as Gender Anelio Castillo Flores, age 32, of Grey Eagle Court in Germantown.

The drivers of both vehicles and a passenger in the Ford were transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.  The pedestrian, Cooper, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances of the collision.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.


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Release ID: 17-181
Media Contact: mcpnews 
Categories: fatal-collision