Fatal Pedestrian Collision in Wheaton

At approximately 5:54 this morning, 4th District officers responded to the report of a pedestrian struck.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 79-year-old man was driving his black Nissan Versa eastbound on Veirs Mill Road at Gridley Road.

The vehicle passed through the intersection at Gridley Road, and was approaching Randolph Road, when for unknown reasons, it veered to the right.

It jumped the curb, struck two newspaper dispensers, traveled through the grass, and off the curb.

It then traveled into the parking lot of the Dunkin Donuts, striking an adult female pedestrian.

The car continued out of the parking lot, traveled across eastbound Randolph Road and struck a blue Ford Fusion.

The Nissan then traveled onto and came to rest in a residential front yard in the 4300 block of Randolph Road.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. Her identity has not yet been determined. The driver of the Nissan was identified as Thomas Rankin, of the 15200 block of Red Clover Drive in Rockville.

He was transported to Walter reed Hospital for a check-up. The driver of the Ford was identified as Paul Kriedman, age 47, of the 12100 block of Portree Drive in Rockville. He was not injured.

Anyone who has information about this fatal pedestrian collision is asked to call CRU detectives at 301-840-2435.

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