FORT WASHINGTON – A 38-year-old Montgomery County man has become the fifth person to be killed on Indian Head Highway this year in what traffic enforcers have called the most dangerous road in the Washington metro area.
The accident happened around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday morning at the intersection of Indian Head Highway and Palmer Road.
According to police officials, Russell Lee, Jr. of Billings Court in Montgomery Village was on a motorcycle travelling northbound on Indian Head Highway when he ran a red light and collided with the back of a car. Do to the severity of his injuries, paramedics from Prince George's County Fire Department pronounced him dead on the scene.
Over a dozen people have been killed on Indian Head Highway over the last five years. On July 21, two men were killed after they were traveling the wrong way on Indian Head Highway near Livingston Road.
Just before 9 p.m. on June 29, James Hill of North Thames Street in Accokeek was killed as he was traveling eastbound on Pine Drive attempting to turn left onto northbound Indian Head Highway. Hill’s minivan was struck by a Ford heading southbound on Indian Head Highway.
On Jan. 25, 28-year-old Victor Mason, Jr. of Pats Place in Fort Washington was killed at the intersection of Indian Head Highway and Pine Drive. Officials said a SUV struck Mason, who was standing in the westbound lane of Berry Road. He was also struck by two additional cars. It did not appear Mason was in a crosswalk when he was struck.
Prince George's County Police have added extra patrol units to the area. So far this year police have made 2,400 traffic stops on Indian Head Highway as compared to 3,600 stops all of last year.