Monday, December 04, 2006

Death on the Highway

There was more carnage on the streets of Downtown Silver Spring last night, as two unidentified men from Woodbridge, VA were killed when some maniac in an Impala slammed into their car at high speed near the railroad bridge on Georgia Avenue.

One of the men was 24-years-old and was driving the Honda Accord when it was struck by a Chevrolet Impala at about 11:40 p.m, police said. The other man who was killed was 23-years-old and sitting in the Honda's right rear passenger seat.

Burnett said the Impala was traveling north on Georgia Avenue "at a high rate of speed" when it slammed into the Accord, then careened into the cement base of a railroad overpass. Both cars came to rest near the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Sligo Avenue.

I really hope the MoCo cops have the driver and/or passengers of the Impala in the basement of some police station and are beating them senseless right now. While that may be too much to hope for, the driver better spend the rest of his useless life in prison.

UPDATE: Today's Post has more details on the circumstances that led up to the accident.

Speaking of gruesome traffic deaths, there was another pedestrian death this weekend, this time at Veirs Mill & Claridge Rd.
They said the man... was crossing Veirs Mill Road near Claridge Road about 5:15 p.m. when he was struck by a car and fell. That car stopped, and a car that had been behind it drove around it, struck the fallen pedestrian and dragged him for about 30 yards, police said. It was not clear whether the man had been in a crosswalk, police said.

Based on my experiences, probably not. Again, the cops REALLY need to crackdown on jaywalking around here.

(Note: Some reports say the man was thrown from a moving vehicle, but the cops haven't mentioned anything about this. Perhaps they are covering it up like the Four Corners Car Bomb.)



24 comments:

Terry in Silver Spring said...

I agree with your call for the cops to crack down on jaywalking. It's a big problem in any of the more developed sections of Silver Spring.

At the same time, though, they need to crack down on the drivers. Stand on a busy corner along East West Hwy, Georgia, or Colesville during the rush hours and count how many people run the red after they've lost the left turn arrow. Sometimes, it's 3-4 cars after the arrow has turned red. Metro buses make these illegal lefts from E-W Hwy on to Colesville.

For a few weeks after that horrible pedestrian death under the Metro bridge on Colesville, we saw increased enforcement (or at least a motorcycle cop sitting at some of the major corners), but it's all back to business as usual.

Omari said...

So you are calling for police brutality? Yikes.

Sligo said...

In this case, maybe. They just killed 2 people.

Anyone watch Dexter?

Anonymous said...

I drive to and from the parking garage next to Metro every day and honestly, I am scared to death I am going to hit someone jaywalking. I am EXTREMELY careful yet what to do when someone simply strides out in front of your car a few feet from your front bumper, against the light or in the middle of the street?? And often with a small child by the hand or a baby stroller???? Obviously, slam on the brakes, but one of these days I fear I will not be able to stop soon enough. Plus, the only focus for the cops seems to be on drivers, not pedestrian behavior.

Twoste said...

Hate jaywalking?
Try living in India.

WashingtonGardener said...

I came across another bad accident yesterday (Sun 12/3) about 7:00 am at E-W Hwy and Colesville Rd - cops had just arrived - both cars looked pretty totalled, but think no serious injury. Looked like yet AMOTHER obvious case of someone gunning the engine to beat the left=turn light - right into the path of an oncoming vehicle. It was early out and hardly anyone on the road too.

As to jaywalking - if drivers ever yielded to those at marked crosswalks that lack stop signs or lights - I think it would happen a lot less, the way it is now - you have to cross when you see a break whenever/wherever that is - or you will never cross.

ihateyuppies said...

There are too many automobiles in a high density area like Silver Spring. Why can't more people take the Metro to work each day? If you live close to downtown SS, why can't you just walk to the grocery store?

In the United States, the automobile is by far the biggest killing machine. They pollute the air with their carbon emissions. They maim pedestrians and bicyclists. Ugh...cars suck!

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else hear the helicopters circling over the Colesville/Georgia intersection around 1:30am? It seemed to go on for a long time. It was loud enough that it woke both me and my husband up! I wonder if it had anything to do with the accident, althought the helicopter was not using a searchlight.

Anonymous said...

There is a big problem with cars in downtown Silver Spring.

Unfortunately Georgia Avenue, Colesville Avenue and East-West Highway are all state roads-- so the county can do little in way of new lights, signs, etc. It took almost a decade for the cross walk light at East-West and the Blair shops.

But by simply looking at the cross walk deaths, it seems the lethal cocktail is high speed drivers and jay walkers. Both are illegal.

Terry in Silver Spring said...

I'll admit it. I do sometimes drive to places in DTSS to which I could fairly easily walk. It depends what I'll have to carry home, how late it will be, what the weather's like, or I don't feel like taking my life into my own hands in the crosswalks.

Anonymous said...

ihateyuppies said...
There are too many automobiles in a high density area like Silver Spring. Why can't more people take the Metro to work each day? If you live close to downtown SS, why can't you just walk to the grocery store?

In the United States, the automobile is by far the biggest killing machine. They pollute the air with their carbon emissions. They maim pedestrians and bicyclists. Ugh...cars suck!

__________________

But WAIT, Yuppiehater...if you want more people to walk to the grocery or take metro, then you have to have housing and jobs for them. Which means you have to BUILD more housing and office and retail...which means they will attract more yuppies. Arrrrrggggghhhhh....must...stop...talking...from...both...sides...of...

Anonymous said...

h sides of the mouth.

Anonymous said...

ihateyuppies said...
There are too many automobiles in a high density area like Silver Spring. Why can't more people take the Metro to work each day? If you live close to downtown SS, why can't you just walk to the grocery store?

In the United States, the automobile is by far the biggest killing machine. They pollute the air with their carbon emissions. They maim pedestrians and bicyclists. Ugh...cars suck!

12/04/2006 1:34 PM

RE: But yet you have no problems with automobile oriented developments going on in most parts of Northern Virginia.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
ihateyuppies said...
There are too many automobiles in a high density area like Silver Spring. Why can't more people take the Metro to work each day? If you live close to downtown SS, why can't you just walk to the grocery store?

In the United States, the automobile is by far the biggest killing machine. They pollute the air with their carbon emissions. They maim pedestrians and bicyclists. Ugh...cars suck!

__________________

But WAIT, Yuppiehater...if you want more people to walk to the grocery or take metro, then you have to have housing and jobs for them. Which means you have to BUILD more housing and office and retail...which means they will attract more yuppies. Arrrrrggggghhhhh....must...stop...talking...from...both...sides...of...

12/04/2006 4:34 PM

RE: Everything he says about development in montgomery county is negative which makes one believe that he is a Maryland hating Virginia loving yuppie.

barnes said...

I use the crosswalks (at the appropriate time) at Colesville and Georgia at least twice a day for the past decade. Not jaywalking hasn't protected me from nearly getting killed every day, usually twice. Nearly all drivers around here are on their cellphones. Rarely is anyone paying attention to anything except the car in front of them, and the yellow/red light they're speeding to get through. As a walker, I'm tired of the inconsiderate assclown drivers in the DC area. Frankly, it's a miracle I haven't gotten killed yet, and I don't even jaywalk. But I certainly understand why people jaywalk -- it's safer than trying to cross the streets legally.

So, I say screw going after jaywalkers. Go after the people actually endagering lives: speeders, red light runners, and every other jerk in a hurry that can't be bothered to focus on their driving.

A. Forsteri said...

As a pedestrian, I'd like to see longer "walk" signals at crosswalks. I'm a fast walker, and I still can't make it across Georgia Avenue before the "don't walk" countdown starts to flash. Same goes for East-West Highway.

Also, some blocks can go for a while before a crosswalk shows up (eg, Colesville between E-W Hwy and 16th St). Jaywalking is the quickest way to get across the street on that block.

Then there are some crosswalks that don't make any sense (eg, Colesville, in front of public library). There's no stop light, no speed bump, no rumble strips to caution drivers of pedestrians crossing there. It's a freakin' death trap!

ihateyuppies said...

"But WAIT, Yuppiehater...if you want more people to walk to the grocery or take metro, then you have to have housing and jobs for them. Which means you have to BUILD more housing and office and retail...which means they will attract more yuppies."

I like dense development projects. I like mixed-use projects...for middle class and working people. You know...the people who make sure that you have electricity, protect you against crime, pick up your garbage, and educate your kids.

Oh yeah Captain Numbnuts, yuppies are just like everyone else--they are addicted to the automobile. You could have yuppies buying condo property in DTSS but they will still keep their car.

Oh yeah again...stop replying to yourself. There's only one of you. Your posts are petty and add nothing thought-provoking to the discussion.

Anonymous said...

"ihateyuppies said...
There are too many automobiles in a high density area like Silver Spring. Why can't more people take the Metro to work each day? If you live close to downtown SS, why can't you just walk to the grocery store?"
There are cars in downtown Silver Spring because working families a)Can't afford the rents/mortgates close to downtown like you b)Don't have bus routes close to home c)Do have bus routes but they don't run past 6 p.m. or are very overcrowded, don't run on time, on and on d)Have children they need to pick up at day care e)Have groceries and medicine they need to pick up for said children f)Work weird hours, such as night shifts, and don't have bus or Metro access coming home g)Are afraid of walking alone late at night in downtown Silver Spring, with good reason.

ihateyuppies said...

In response to anonymous...

I was addressing people who live in downtown or very close to DTSS.

Regarding points A & B...no shit there Captain Obvious.

But if you live in DTSS, there is no freaking reason you should be driving a car. Period. You can pick up your kid at day care, errands done without a car if you live in DTSS. Otherwise, yeah, you need a car.

BTW...Downtown Silver Spring Dangerous??? Have you taken a stroll in downtown Silver Spring circa 1990 compared to today? I can tell you that DTSS is a lot safer today than 15 years ago.

Terry in Silver Spring said...

The primary danger in DTSS these days is getting hit by a bus or car.

I almost got sandwiched between two Metro buses while I was legally crossing Colesville at E-W. One bus was stopped just clear of the crosswalk, another one ran the red left turn arrow, and there I was in the crosswalk while the second driver tried to stop. I almost had a heart attack.

I moved into DTSS in 1999 and have walked around day and night (as needed). Beyond the chance of being turned into a grease spot in a crosswalk, it really seems to me that this is a generally safe place to live and work. There were a couple of guys who held up people in the parking lot of Summit Hills a year or two ago, then there were the big weird horrible things (DC sniper, that hit and run where they dragged the poor soul under the car, etc). Overall, though, it's pretty quiet especially considering how many people are through here every day.

Debbie Cook said...

I hate yuppies, you are right about the circa 1990 Downtown Silver Spring. The streets were empty, the only people out at night or in the day were the drug dealers, homeless and winos that loved to hang out around the Armory and in the vacant buildings. The Shepherd's Table was in a little house on the corner of Bonifant and Fenton at that time, (now in a much bigger building on Colonial Lane)a mile long line was outside this house every evening. You could not GIVE AWAY a house in Downtown Silver Spring. It was hard to sell Real Estate here! People would say they didn't want to live anywhere near Downtown Silver Spring, because they had heard it was such a "BAD" area. This spilled over to areas like Four Corners and Burnt Mills. I can remember agents from Bethesda Offices that didn't want to show any homes that were in Silver Spring. (Some of them didn't even know where Silver Spring was or how to get to a house in Silver Spring) I benefited because I lived here and was happy to help all the Silver Spring buyers those agents didn't want. My how things have CHANGED in 16 years! I'm happy about all the people, traffic and hustle and bustle in Silver Spring. The best part of it is that our image has completely turned around. I know traffic is terrible, but if you had seen or lived in this place in 1990, you'd be glad for all that traffic today.

Terry in Silver Spring said...

Good point, Debbie. The new life is a positive thing. As revitalization progresses, though, I'd like to see DTSS maintain it's personality: ethnic, a little funky, and comfortable. We're not Bethesda or Chevy Chase. Both are lovely towns, but so is Silver Spring.

Debbie Cook said...

Terry, Yes, you hit it right on the head. Silver Spring is more personable, comfortable, diverse, laid back, easy-going and definitely funkier than Bethesda or Chevy Chase. Wouldn't want that to change.
What used to happen in Silver Spring when people sold their houses they would "Move UP or Trade UP" to a home in Bethesda to get out of here. Not true now, most people MOVE-UP to a different house IN SILVER SPRING. Yeah, I like that!

Anonymous said...

terry in silver spring- Whatever happened to grammar instruction in this country- pleeeaase. "Its personality" not "it's."