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UPDATED: Pedestrian Hit by Car on Muddy Branch Road Dies

A Gaithersburg woman who was struck by a vehicle on Muddy Branch Road near Suffield Drive has died, police said.

(Update, 9:03 a.m.)

A Gaithersburg woman who was struck by a vehicle on Muddy Branch Road near Suffield Drive has died, police said.

Yessenia M. Martinez Rivas, 37, of the 100 block of Lamont Lane, was taken to Shady Grove Hospital and then flown to Medstar after being hit by a vehicle that was traveling northbound on Muddy Branch Road on Monday about 5:30 p.m., police said. She died about 11:15 p.m., according to police.

Police identified the driver as Daniel Ray Levine, 66, of the 14400 block of Kings Grant Street in North Potomac. Levine remained at the scene and provided information to investigators, police said.

A preliminary investigation revealed that a gray 2006 Toyota Prius was traveling northbound on Muddy Branch Road and struck a pedestrian who was in the roadway near Suffield Drive, police said.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed this collision and have not spoken to detectives to please contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.  Callers may remain anonymous.

(Original post below)

A Gaithersburg woman remains in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle on Muddy Branch Road near Suffield Drive, police said.

Yessenia M. Martinez Rivas, 37, of the 100 block of Lamont Lane, was taken to Shady Grove Hospital, and then flown to Medstar after being hit by a vehicle that was traveling northbound on Muddy Branch Road, police said.

Police identified the driver as Daniel Ray Levine, 66, of the 14400 block of Kings Grant Street in North Potomac. Levine remained at the scene and provided information to investigators, police said.

The circumstances surrounding the collision remain under investigation. Police are asking anyone who witnessed this collision and have not spoken to detectives to please contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.  Callers may remain anonymous.

(Original Post, 6:29 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5)

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle Monday evening on Muddy Branch Road at the intersection of Great Seneca Highway (Route 119), Montgomery County police officer Britta Thomas told Patch.

The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital in critical condition, Thomas said. 

The circumstances of the collision were unclear as of 6:15 p.m., Thomas said.

Muddy Branch Road is closed heading towards Gaithersburg at the Darnestown Road (Route 28) intersection as the Montgomery County Police Collision Reconstruction Unit investigates the collision., Thomas said.

Editor's Note: This article was updated at 7:11 p.m. to include information on the victim's injuries.

J November 09, 2012 at 07:38 AM
I hope this tragic event also reminds us to look both ways before crossing the street, and give a little courtesy by not assuming cars will stop/be able to stop in time when you walk out into the road. Especially at night crossing a major road and not at an intersection, it's probably a good idea to wait for traffic to cease and then cross quickly. A vehicle is no match for a pedestrian so proceed with caution.
G November 09, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Why are you guys fighting about who is at fault,makes no difference it wont bring her back. Lets just think about her poor children and pray for them and the family. Accidents can happen at the blink of an eye,we are all qulity of not always being 100% careful. I am sure neither were careless,it was just an accident that he will have to live with for the rest of his life. You werent on the street eith her or in the car with him so you cant say what went wrong. Only God knows. We ALL drivers and pedestrians need to be careful and alert. In another state i have seen a sign that has a person walking on it and a red light on top and bottom that flashes when someone isin crosswalk maybe they need to put more of those up.
40 November 09, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Couple of things not in the pedestrian's favor in this area: - Speed limit through there is 45 mph - The crosswalk is mid block - Vegetation in the median decreases sight lines - Crosswalk sits at the top of the hill so drivers do not see pavement markings from afar The two nearest crossings at traffic lights are Muddy Branch & Diamondback Dr or Muddy Branch & Great Seneca. Both have cars turning at high speeds while the crossing light is on. Having to only look in one direction for oncoming traffic at a time makes this crossing safer. However, it is more difficult to judge distance when cars are speeding and it is dark (less ability to perceive speed). Please slow down in my neighborhood.
G December 20, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I drive that road every day and find that it is very hard to see pedestrians crossing in the crosswalk during the day and especially at night. ANY driver could be in that situation as you need to look to the median and the sidewalk to see a pedestrian crossing. I encourage you to write to Montgomery County mcdot.trafficops@montgomerycountymd.gov to ask them to put in a flashing yellow light to inform drivers that a pedistrian wants to cross. Instead of looking to assign blame solve the problem.
devon neal January 04, 2013 at 05:12 AM
all of her daughters were my best friends more like sisters to me and their momther yessenia was like my 2nd mom i really did love her that way and i was suppost to spend the night at their house the day she got hit and it kills me that i wasent their to help comfert jasmine and her younger sisters we went to her viewing and she looked like an angel how she always looked like to this day i miss to her sooo much and i . . . . am just speechless

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