A fatal hit-and-run pedestrian collision in Gaithersburg has become a homicide investigation.
It happened Wednesday on W. Diamond Avenue (Rt. 117) near Perry Parkway. Police say a black Honda Civic traveling westbound struck two brothers who were walking along the road around 1:17 a.m.
One man, a 34-year-old, was deceased on the scene. His body landed in front of the First Baptist Church and Avalon School at 112 W. Diamond Avenue. The man's brother, also 34 years old, was located nearby. He was also injured, but will survive and gave police an interesting account.
The man told investigators that the Honda Civic that struck them was the same one he and his brother had been riding around in earlier in the morning. The pair was dropped off at the Gaitherstowne Plaza at Route 355 and Chestnut Street. The men walked the half mile down Chestnut Street and turned right on W. Diamond Avenue when the Civic came at them.
Coincidentally, that Civic was found a few hours later, parked at an Auto Shop at the corner of Chestnut and Rt. 355. It had a busted out windshield, a flat tire, and front-end damage investigators say is consistent with a pedestrian collision. It was towed away for evidence collection.
Police are still working to locate the owner of the Civic and find out who was driving it at the time. It's not clear how many people were in the car when it struck the brothers.
Investigators don't want to speculate on the relationship between the suspect or suspects and victims, except to say that the collision was not an "accident." The 34-year-old's death is being investigated as a felony homicide.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding this crime to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or leave a Crime Solvers tip at http://www.mymcpnews.com/resources/crime-solvers-2/. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this felony crime.