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This story was updated at 6:20 p.m. on Dec. 30, 2013.

Police say an 89-year-old Kensington man died from injuries he sustained in a car crash Saturday afternoon in Rockville at Maryland Avenue and Great Falls Road.

Irwin Percival Bellamy died after the gray 2004 Toyota Corolla in which he was riding was hit in its side by a silver 2003 Oldsmobile Bravada, police reported.

According to relatives, Bellamy and his son David, 53, who was driving, had been on their way to see Irwin’s wife, Alice, who lives in a nursing home.

David Bellamy, according to police, was driving west on Maryland Avenue and tried to turn left onto Potomac Valley Road, with a green light, when his car was struck by the Oldsmobile. It was driven by Rachel Miller Dawson, 73, of Potomac, who was traveling east on Maryland Avenue and also had a green light.

As Bellamy was turning, Dawson’s car struck the Toyota on the passenger side.

When contacted by The Gazette, Dawson declined to discuss the crash.

Reached by phone, Steven Bellamy, Irwin’s son, said the family was grieving his father’s death.

Irwin Bellamy was born in the U.S., but raised in the West Indies by an aunt after his parents died. He was a cricket fan, an avid bowler, a diehard Giants fan and a man who stood up for people and led by example, Steven said.

Mark Bellamy recalled learning how to drive with his father in the Bronx, where they lived for many years. During a driving lesson, he backed into a police car. His father stood up for him without missing a beat, Bellamy said.

“He stood up, said, ‘That’s my son,’” Bellamy said.

Irwin Bellamy moved to Montgomery County in 1975, working for a local company as a print production supervisor.

According to police, Bellamy died at a local hospital; David Bellamy also was taken to a hospital, but police said his injuries were not life-threatening. Dawson was not injured and stayed at the scene of the collision.

Police ask anyone with information about the crash to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

sjbsmith@gazette.net