Man Dies After SUV Strikes Him on New Hampshire Avenue

The 79-year-old victim was from Takoma Park; driver lived on same street


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A man driving an SUV on New Hampshire Avenue in Takoma Park on Wednesday struck and killed a pedestrian, police said.

Both the driver—Starlington Windel Simms, 72—and the victim—James Sexton Byrne, 79—lived on Lockney Avenue in Takoma Park.

Montgomery County police said Simms was driving a 2004 Cadillac Escalade EXT south when his SUV hit Byrne as he crossed at the Larch Avenue intersection at about 7:45 p.m.

Byrne was taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries, police said.

Takoma Park police and Prince George’s County fire and rescue personnel also responded to the call.

Simms remained on the scene, according to Takoma Park police. Southbound New Hampshire Avenue between Sligo Creek Parkway and Larch Avenue was closed as police were on the scene.

The incident occurred hours after Montgomery County officials announced a plan to eliminate traffic deaths and severe crashes on county roads by 2030. New Hampshire Avenue is a state road, and Maryland also has a plan to reduce deaths from traffic incidents.

Montgomery County police are investigating the crash and have asked anyone with information to call 240-773-6620.

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