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Subject from Henrico, Virginia Identified as Driver of Vehicle in Fatal Pedestrian Hit and Run Crash on Interstate 495 that killed a Washington, D.C. Man in Montgomery County, Maryland

SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND – The Maryland State Police (MSP) is reporting that MSP has located the truck and have identified the driver involved in the fatal pedestrian hit-and-run crash that occurred Wednesday morning in Montgomery County.

The driver is identified as Jadien Ranard Jones, 39 of Henrico, Virginia. Jones was the operator of a white 2021 Freightliner straight truck involved in the crash. Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

The victim, identified as Eric Lewis, 57, of Washington, D.C. was pronounced deceased at the scene. Lewis was the foreman for a mobile tree trimming operation contracted through the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration. 

Shortly before 10:15 a.m., Wednesday,  cones were set up on the right shoulder of eastbound I-495, east of Linden Lane in Silver Spring by a mobile tree trimming crew. Police believe the crew was in the process of removing equipment from their work trucks and setting up advanced roadwork signs when a Freightliner truck veered onto the right shoulder, subsequently striking multiple traffic cones and the foreman. The driver of the Freightliner truck did not remain at the scene.

Investigators from the Maryland State Police Crash Team located the truck at The Home Depot Distribution Center in Sparrows Point, Maryland yesterday afternoon and made contact with the driver, later identified as Jones. Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation and consultation with the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office. The investigation is active and ongoing.

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Maryland State Police Investigate Fatal Pedestrian Hit And Run Work Zone Crash In Montgomery County

(SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND) – Maryland State Police are investigating a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run crash that occurred in a Montgomery County work zone Wednesday morning.

The victim is identified as Eric Lewis, 57, of Washington, D.C. Emergency medical service personnel from Montgomery County pronounced him deceased on the scene.

Shortly before 10:15 a.m. today, troopers from the Maryland State Police Rockville Barrack responded to the area of eastbound Interstate 495 near Georgia Avenue for a report of a single-vehicle crash involving a pedestrian. According to the preliminary investigation, Lewis was a crew member of a mobile tree trimming operation contracted through the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration. The crew was working on the shoulder of I-495 when Lewis was struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound on I-495 into the work zone. The vehicle did not remain at the scene.

Investigators from the Maryland State Police Crash Team are leading the investigation.  The suspect vehicle is believed to be a Freightliner truck hauling a flatbed with a forklift.  Police believe the suspect vehicle is missing the right front headlight assembly. Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact the Maryland State Police Rockville Barrack at 301-424-2101. Callers may remain confidential.

Personnel from the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration responded to the scene to assist with road closures. The investigation is active and ongoing.

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