Young Takoma Park resident in fatal collision

A 20-year old driver died and two 16 year-old passengers were transported to local hospitals with non life-threatening injuries after their vehicle struck a stone wall on Carroll Avenue in Takoma Park.

The accident occurred Thursday evening, October 22, reported Catherine Plevy Takoma Park Police Department Public Information Officer. Plevy said officers responded around 7:30 to 7810 Carroll Avenue, on the western side of the avenue between Long Branch Parkway and Garland Avenue.

“The driver succumbed to his injuries at the scene,” said Plevy. He has been identified as Yoftahea Afework Melese, 20 years old, of the 7700 block of Maple Avenue in Takoma Park.

Police said the front seat passenger, a 16-year-old female, was transported to Suburban Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The rear seat passenger, a 16-year-old male, was transported to Washington Hospital Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Carroll Avenue was closed to traffic following the accident Thursday evening. Carroll Avenue is also MD State Route 195. It is two lanes wide and straight on that section with single-family homes on the west side and woods on the east. Northbound traffic goes downhill toward Long Branch stream.

Plevy said that a preliminary investigation indicated that the vehicle, a tan, 2000 Toyota Corolla, was traveling north on Carroll Avenue. For reasons still under investigation, she said, the car left the north-bound lane and struck a stone wall and embankment in front of the residence. It was the only car involved in the incident.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department-Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating the collision, said Plevy in her most recent report. Plevy issued announcements Thursday around 8 p.m. and Friday around 9:30 a.m.

The police ask anyone with information regarding the collision to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.