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74-Year-Old Jogger Struck, Killed in Bethesda

The crosswalk where the jogger was hit has a push-to-activate pedestrian signal, and detectives are investigating whether the signal was activated

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A driver struck and killed a 74-year-old man who was jogging in a crosswalk in Bethesda, Maryland, Thursday morning, police say.

The man was crossing southbound Tuckerman Lane at the intersection of Kings Riding Way just before 10 a.m. when a 2019 Subaru Forester going westbound on Tuckerman Lane struck him in the crosswalk, Montgomery County police said in a release.

Medics took the man to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, police said. Police have not yet released the victim's name.

The man who was driving the Subaru stayed at the scene. Police have not named him or said whether he will face any charges.

Footage from Chopper4 shows damage to the Subaru's right front.

The crosswalk has a push-to-activate pedestrian signal, and detectives are investigating whether the signal was activated.

Montgomery County installed the HAWK signal at the intersection in 2019 after a woman was fatally struck while crossing.

News4 spoke with several people Friday at the crosswalk who said they have had close calls at the intersection — even when using the HAWK signal.

“The driver stopped, but barely, barely, barely. It was this close. It almost hit me, almost hit my leg," one man told News4.

The speed limit on the four-lane road is 40 mph, but News4 spotted cars that appeared to go much faster on Friday.

“Since you can see everybody coming from a long way off, it’s usually easy to see and be careful. You never trust a driver because half the time they're on their phone or not paying attention,” one man told News4.

The police department's Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating the crash.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact CRU detectives at (240) 773- 6620.

Stay with News4 for updates to this developing story.

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