Sunday, April 13, 2014

PGPD Investigates Fatal Pedestrian Collision in Takoma Park

The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal pedestrian collision in Takoma Park. The victim is identified as 32-year-old Walter Franco-Chinchilla of the 7700 block of Chillum Road in Hyattsville.

On April 12, 2014, just before midnight, patrol officers were called to the 6700 block of New Hampshire Avenue for a pedestrian collision.  When they arrived, they found Franco-Chinchilla in the roadway.  He was pronounced dead on the scene.

The preliminary investigation suggests Franco-Chinchilla was trying to cross New Hampshire Avenue when he was struck by a car.  He was not in a crosswalk.  Moments later, a second car also struck him.  The drivers of both cars remained on the scene and are cooperating with investigators.

Investigators do not believe excessive speed played a role in the crash.

Anyone with information on this collision is asked to call the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit at (301) 306-5640. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone, or go to and submit a tip online.

For more information, please contact the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Media Relations Division at 301-772-4710.

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