This post was updated Friday at 2:05 p.m. to reflect the identity of the victim.
A man was fatally struck by a vehicle Thursday afternoon in White Oak, Montgomery County Police announced in a news release. On Friday, police revealed the victim’s identity to be 75-year-old Teklu Bushen Siba of Silver Spring.
Siba is the third reported pedestrian who died due to a collision with a motor vehicle in the county this year, according to Data Montgomery. The other two fatalities occurred early last month when a 67-year-old man died in a Montgomery Village collision and a 22-year-old woman was fatally struck in Aspen Hill.
According to police, Siba was crossing the northbound lanes of Columbia Pike in a westbound direction when he was hit by a northbound white 2002 Ford Explorer.
Police stated the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the striking vehicle remained at the location, according to the release.
Officials said investigation into the incident is active and ongoing. Anyone with information on the collision is asked by police to call detectives at the Collision Reconstruction Unit at (240) 773-6620.
According to a 2022 County report, there were 33 fatal collisions in 2021, 39 in 2020, and 32 in 2019. Last year however, there were as many as 40 fatal collisions in Montgomery County.
To increase road safety and reduce the number of such incidents, Montgomery County launched the Vision Zero initiative, which aims to reduce and eventually eliminate serious and fatal crashes among pedestrians, cyclists and motorists by 2030.