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Police are investigating the circumstances that led to a woman’s death shortly after a car accident in North Bethesda on May 16.

Both women involved in the collision, Patricia Greer Parks, 56, of Olney and Ellen Margaret Girdharry, 51, of Rockville, were conscious and standing outside their cars when police arrived at Rockville Pike and Old Georgetown Road shortly after 7:35 a.m., said Capt. Paul Starks, a Montgomery County police spokesman.

Soon after the officers arrived, Parks began to complain of pain, Starks said. Minutes later, Parks lost consciousness in the ambulance and was pronounced dead at the hospital, he said.

“She at one point appeared to only have minor injuries,” Starks said. “She was communicating and walking around on the scene and I was told she was even able to get into the ambulance when it arrived. ... The medical examiner is going to have to rule on this, but there’s a possibility that there could have been some sort of pre-existing medical condition.”

The collision occurred when the green 2000 Chrysler Sebring that Parks was driving rear-ended Girdharry’s gold 2005 Ford Taurus as Girdharry slowed to accommodate traffic on Rockville Pike, police said.

Experts from the department’s Collision Reconstruction Unit will investigate whether any aspect of the collision could have led to Park’s death, Starks said.

“They’re going to look at the interior of the vehicle and the medical examiner is going to look at any injury she may have externally and internally as well,” Starks said, adding that the determination on the cause of death will come from the medical examiner’s office.

jarias@gazette.net