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Detectives Investigate Fatal Bicycle-Involved Collision in Bethesda

For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 1, 2019

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police - Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a fatal bicycle-involved collision that occurred yesterday in Bethesda.

On Wednesday, July 31, at approximately 4:52 p.m., 2nd District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the intersection of Old Georgetown Road and Beech Avenue for the report of a serious collision involving a bicyclist and a vehicle.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that the bicyclist was traveling south on the southbound sidewalk of Old Georgetown Road (approaching Beech Avenue) when he fell from the sidewalk and into the roadway.  The bicyclist was then struck by a 2018 Volkswagen Atlas that was traveling southbound Old Georgetown Road.  The driver stopped and remained at the scene.

The bicyclist, identified as Jacob Cassell, age 17,of Wyngate Drive in Bethesda, was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.  He succumbed to his injuries early this morning (August 1).

The driver of the Volkswagen, identified as Matthew Williams, age 39, of Kentstone Drive in Bethesda, was uninjured.

The circumstances surrounding this collision remain under investigation. Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed this fatal collision to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773- 6620. Callers may remain anonymous.

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Release ID: 19-281
Media Contact: Rebecca Innocenti 
Categories: fatal-collision