Credit: Annabelle Gordon

This story, originally published on Sept. 13 at 10:11 a.m., was updated at 10:45 a.m. to add that the roads opened back up and add information about previous fatalities. Then, it was updated at 3 p.m. to correct that the driver remained on the scene. This story was also updated on Sept. 14 at 3:15 p.m. to add the victim’s identity and add more information about the striking vehicle and the location of the incident.

Evan Heath Hesekiel, 31, of Silver Spring was struck and killed early Wednesday in the White Oak area of Silver Spring, Montgomery County Police said over radio communications.  

At 4:12 a.m., police were dispatched to New Hampshire Avenue southbound at Cresthaven Drive, north of Chalmers Road, for reports of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle. Police closed the surrounding roads. 

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) personnel responded to the scene as well and advised over the radio that the collision occurred in front of the Hillandale Volunteer Fire Department Station 12. 

According to MCFRS radio transmissions, Hesekiel was on the ground not moving and sustained serious head injuries. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to Montgomery County Police.  

Police said that the striking vehicle, a white 2020 Ford Transit Van, remained on the scene.


At 6:25 a.m., Pete Piringer, spokesperson for MCFRS, posted on social media that: “All travel lanes are blocked. Follow police directions in the area. Delays are building. Extended closure expected.” 

At 9:32 a.m., the Maryland State Highway Administration said on social media that all lanes opened back up.

This is the second pedestrian fatality on New Hampshire Avenue this month, since Sidney Cardoso Sr., 61, was fatally struck on Sept. 6 in the area of New Hampshire Avenue and Bonifant Road.


Also, a bicyclist was killed in a collision on Aug. 30 in Germantown.

All three of these recent fatal collisions occurred after 9 p.m.