Driver at fault in Silver Spring incident, faces two traffic charges -- Gazette.Net


This story was corrected and updated at 2:10 p.m. on Oct. 8, 2012. An explanation follows the story.

A female driver who struck at least one teen with her car in Silver Spring Oct. 3 was found at fault for the accident and charged with failure to control speed to avoid a collision and negligent driving, police said.

The driver was going at such a speed in wet roadway conditions that she was unable to negotiate a curve, said Officer Rebecca Innocenti, a Montgomery County police spokeswoman.

The collision took place at 6:22 a.m. in the 1600 block of East Randolph Road when the car driving in the eastbound lane suddenly left the roadway, hopped over the curb and onto the sidewalk, Innocenti said.

Montgomery County Public Schools was celebrating Walk to School Day on Oct. 3, a national event to promote pedestrian safety and exercise for youth by encouraging students to walk to school, but the teen, along with another Springbrook High School student, was walking to a school bus stop, Innocenti said.

“They were walking in the same direction as the car,” Innocenti said. “One of the students, a 16 year-old female, was struck by the vehicle but it is unknown if the other student, an 18 year-old male, was also struck or if his injuries were sustained while he was trying to get out of the vehicle’s path.”

The teens were alert and conscious when emergency personnel arrived and both were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Innocenti said. The female driver was also alert and hospitalized with minor injuries, Innocenti added.

“Springbrook High School was notified and family was on scene for both of those students,” Innocenti said.

Samuel A. Rivera, Springbrook High School’s principal, was not immediately available for comment on Oct. 3.

Administrative secretary Linda Johnson said a letter was sent home to parents advising them on the incident. She said the school plans to address students on pedestrian safety in the coming weeks.

Staff writers Jen Bondeson, Lindsay Powers and Kara Rose contributed to this report.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that both teens were struck by the car. In fact, police said that it is only known for certain that one teen was struck, and it remains unclear how the other teen suffered his injuries.