Councilmember Requests Lowering Speed Limit on Tuckerman Lane After Fatal Collision Involving Jogger

by Patrick Herron
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On April 28, 74-year-old Eric Grosse died as a result of his injuries after being struck by a driver in an SUV while crossing the intersection of Tuckerman Lane and Kings Riding Way in Bethesda. Grosse was a part time professor at Montgomery College in Rockville and served on the White Downtown Advisory Committee, Friends of White Flint, and Western Montgomery Citizens Advisory boards. Montgomery County Councilmember Andrew Friedson described Grosse as a dedicated teacher, local advocate, and public servant that was passionate and enthusiastic about education and serving his community.

On May 4,  Councilmember Friedson wrote a letter to the Montgomery County Department of Transportation asking them to lower the speed limit on Tuckerman Lane.
“In response to yet another tragedy, we must take serious action to prevent the next tragedy starting with significantly reducing the speed of cars along this stretch of Tuckerman Lane at the Bethesda Trolley Trail. We must recognize that this dangerous by design roadway is a policy failure that risks the lives of residents who use it daily. Based on our shared commitment to Vision Zero principles and in the spirit of ensuring our roadways are truly safer for all road users, I am respectfully requesting the Montgomery County Department of Transportation: Lower the speed limit on Tuckerman Lane.”

The April 28 collision that involved Grosse is currently under investigation by Montgomery County’s Collision Reconstruction Unit.  According to a police report, the investigation by detectives determined that the pedestrian was jogging across southbound Tuckerman Lane, in the crosswalk. For reasons still under investigation, the operator of a 2019 Subaru Forester, who was traveling westbound on Tuckerman Lane, struck the pedestrian in the crosswalk. This crosswalk is equipped with a push-to-activate pedestrian signal. Detectives are investigating whether the signal was activated.  The adult male driver of the Subaru remained on scene.

In 2019, Jennifer DiMauro was killed after being struck by a driver at the same intersection.

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