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Fatal Pedestrian Accident In Potomac Parking Lot

by Aaron Kraut — June 3, 2013 at 9:30 am 1,152 2 Comments

Giant Food store parking lot in the Cabin John Shopping CenterA fatal accident in a Giant Food parking lot was one of three reported pedestrian collisions this weekend in the area.

Montgomery County Police said Shirley Stearman, 81, of Potomac died from injuries sustained while she was walking toward the Giant Food on Sunday in the Cabin John Shopping Center.

At 1:50 p.m., Hyun Jeung In, 43, of Germantown was driving a 2000 Acura MDX through the parking lot when In turned left out of a parking aisle near the store and hit Spearman, according to police. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel were in the shopping center on an unrelated call and immediately helped Spearman, but she died later at Suburban Hospital.

Police did not say In was charged in the incident. The circumstances of the collision are still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives from the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

On Saturday night, a pedestrian was struck at River Road and Little Falls Parkway in Bethesda and on Friday, a pedestrian was struck near Beach Drive and Knowles Avenue in Kensington.

Pedestrian collisions increased in 2012 compared to 2011, according to Montgomery County statistics. County officials say a Pedestrian Safety Initiative helped drive down severe collisions involving either debilitating injury or death by 20 percent in 2012.

But there have been eight pedestrian fatalities in the county this year, more than the six pedestrian fatalities in 2012.

Image via Google Maps

  • lisalon

    This is terrible … nobody should be driving fast or carelessly enough in a parking lot that they could kill another person after the impact.

  • Barry Segel

    This sweet kind woman was loved my many. I hope the camera show enough to charge the woman that hit her. A huge SUV with a small woman driving and obviously NOT paying attention. She was probably on her cell phone. Think about it turning left and hitting someone right in front of the Giant- she was obviously either in a hurry and/or distracted and not paying attention. Come on- this was a left turn- how could she not be looking, and leave a devastated family!


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