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Detectives Investigate Fatal Collision in Kensington Area; Victim's Name Released

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, November 17, 2021

UPDATE: November 18, 2021 : Victim's Name Released in November 16 Fatality 

Gaithersburg, MD - Detectives from the Montgomery County Police - Collision Reconstruction Unit have identified the victim in the November 16 fatality as 72-year-old, Michaele Anne Belford of Kensington. 


Gaithersburg, MD – Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating the fatal collision that occurred on Tuesday afternoon in the Kensington area.


At approximately 3:50 p.m., 2nd District officers and Montgomery County Fire Rescue (MCFR) personnel responded to the intersection of northbound Connecticut Avenue and Franklin Street for the report of a two vehicle collision that just occurred.


Preliminary investigation has revealed that a black 2007 Toyota 4Runner was traveling eastbound on Franklin Street. The second vehicle, a blue 2006 Toyota Tacoma was traveling north on Connecticut Avenue.  The 4Runner was attempting to cross southbound and northbound Connecticut Avenue when it was struck by the Tacoma causing it to roll over. The operator and passenger of the 4Runner were extricated by MCFR and transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. The operator of the Tacoma was also transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.


On November 17, 2021, the passenger of the 4Runner succumbed to her injuries while in the hospital. The decedent is identified as a 72-year-old female from Kensington.


The name of the deceased will be released following proper notification of family. This is an active and ongoing investigation.


The Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) continues to investigate this collision. Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact CRU detectives at 240-773-6620.


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Release ID: 21-447
Media Contact: CTDurham 
Categories: fatal-collision