Community Rallies Behind Family of Man Killed by Driver Earlier This Month

Courtesy Collins Funeral Home
At approximately 8:04 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 3rd District officers and Montgomery County Fire Rescue personnel responded to the location for the report of a collision involving a driver striking a pedestrian the 9500 block of Georgia Avenue near Flora Lane in Silver Spring. Khalid Shakir Scriven, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene, and now the community is rallying behind his family by raising funds during a difficult time.

According to police, the investigation revealed that the driver of a gray 2020 Honda CR-V was traveling northbound on Georgia Avenue when he struck an adult male who was in the roadway near Flora Lane. The driver of the Honda remained at the scene. Initially, there were reports that a second vehicle may have hit the pedestrian. This was proven unfounded. Officers located Scriven, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Per his obituary, “Khalid attended Westmoreland Children’s Center, Westbrook Elementary School and Westland Middle School in Bethesda, Maryland. He graduated from Bethesda Chevy Chase High School in 2016. He then attended Montgomery College, and Full Sail University Online for a short period of time.

At an early age, Khalid was baptized and joined Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Maryland. He loved participating in the Youth group and adventuring with the church in various activities. Khalid was always a dreamer, whenever he set his mind on an objective he would work endlessly to achieve his goal. Over time his number one passion became soccer. He always dreamed of going professional or starting his own team. Before Khalid found soccer he was known as a fearless skateboarder. His prowess on the board knew no bounds and he spent countless hours perfecting his skills. Khalid was a true artist. He was extremely talented and creative with his artwork, truly blessed with the ability to make any idea into a picture on a canvas. Khalid was a tremendously gentle soul. His love for life had no discrimination whether animal, insect, or person. He treated all living things with the utmost compassion and tenderness, a gentle giant whom never demonstrated any physical ability to cause harm to another within his 27 years of life.”

According to the GoFundMe, “Khalid will forever be remembered for his smile and warmth. He was a soccer fanatic, a wicked fast sprinter, aspiring artist, competitive gamer, and devoured anything his mom cooked and put on a plate!” The fundraiser has raised over $20,000 in the two days since it launched.

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