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Maryland State Police News Release

Maryland State Police Investigate Fatal Pedestrian Crash Overnight on I-495, Victim Identified

(TEMPLE HILLS, MD) – Maryland State Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred around midnight on the inner loop of I-495 in Prince George’s County.

Investigators report the preliminary cause of the crash is pedestrian error. Further investigation will determine if there were any other contributing factors.

Shortly after midnight, troopers from the Maryland State Police Forestville Barrack responded on a report of a pedestrian crash in the area I-495 and Allentown Road in Temple Hills, Maryland.  The victim is identified as Lorena Hernandez, 40 years old, of Suitland, Maryland.  Investigators say the driver reports the victim was standing on the highway in the second lane from the left.

Troopers at the scene report there were no disabled vehicles in the vicinity of the crash to indicate the victim had been driving a vehicle that had become disabled.  The victim’s body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.

Investigators believe that the victim was struck by a GMC Yukon, whose driver remained at the scene of the crash. The driver told investigators he tried to avoid striking the victim but was unable to avoid hitting her.  So far no charges have been filed in this case.

The victim was declared deceased at the scene by Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department personnel. The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration assisted with road closures in the area of the crash.

The Maryland State Police Crash Team is continuing the investigation into this incident. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Forestville Barrack at 301- 568-8101.


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