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Detectives Investigate East West Highway Fatality; Victim's Identity Released

For Immediate Release: Saturday, September 2, 2023

Gaithersburg, MD - Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a fatal collision that occurred on Friday, September 1, 2023, in the area of East West Highway and Washington Avenue in Silver Spring. The decedent has been identified as 22-year-old Josue Abisai Melendez of Hyattsville.  


At approximately 1:11 a.m., 3rd District officers and Montgomery County Fire Rescue personnel responded to the location for the report of a collision. 


The preliminary investigation revealed that Melendez was traveling east in a blue Honda Civic on East West Highway, past Washington Avenue. For reasons that are still under investigation, the Honda left the roadway and collided with a tree. Melendez was pronounced dead at the scene.  


This is an active and ongoing investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact CRU detectives at (240) 773-6620.   

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Release ID: 23-520
Media Contact: CC 
Categories: fatal-collision