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Detectives Investigate Single-Vehicle Fatal Collision in Damascus; Victim’s Name Released

For Immediate Release: Monday, December 20, 2021

UPDATE: December 29, 2021: Victim's Name Released in December 19 Fatality

Gaithersburg, MD - Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit have identified the victim in the December 19 fatality as 40-year-old Ronald Edward Samuels Jr. from Clarksburg.


Gaithersburg, MD – Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating the December 19 single-vehicle fatal collision that occurred in Damascus.


At approximately 11 p.m., a 5th District officer was on patrol when he observed a building fire in the 9900 block of Main Street. Upon further investigation the officer determined that a vehicle had left the roadway and struck the building.


Montgomery County Fire Rescue personnel responded and pronounced the operator of the vehicle deceased at the scene.


The investigation has revealed that a vehicle was traveling north on Ridge Road, approaching the Y intersection of Lewis Drive and Main Street. The operator left the roadway, striking a dumpster and then the building.


The decedent is unidentified at this time.


The name of the deceased will be released following identification and proper notification of the 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: 21-509
Media Contact: CTDurham 
Categories: fatal-collision