The child killed in a three vehicle crash last week has been identified as Iliana Hernandez, 4, of Silver Spring, according to a update by Montgomery County Police (MCP).
Just after 10 p.m. on October 21, Hernandez was in the backseat of his parents’ Acura. The car was traveling south on Georgia Avenue when it collided with a black Ford Fusion turning left on Dexter Avenue. The Ford was then struck by a second car – a Honda Civic – as the Acura rolled off-road and crashed into a large brick wall.
Hernandez and his parents, Felipe and Yaritzel, were taken to a local hospital. Felipe and Yaritzel are still being treated there for serious injuries. Hernandez also received treatment for his injuries, but was ultimately declared dead.
According to the Transit Action Committee, Hernandez was the 15th occupant of a car and the 33rd person killed on Montgomery County roads this year.
Was at the crash site on Saturday, an incredibly violent crash destroyed the brick apartment panel 50 feet from the crash’s initial impact. Speed kills. pic.twitter.com/QhmbSbnHGh
– David Helms (@ davidhelms570) October 26, 2021
“This type of intersection is not safe for any road user,” the committee wrote in a Tweet. According to a 2019 analysis by the Planning Department, Georgia Avenue is one of the most congested stretches in the county and is considered a high-risk highway due to its high collision rate – 12.5 per mile.
At that time, the planning department recommended safety measures such as reducing target speed and improving traffic lights. And while the Forest Glen / Montgomery Hills Sector Plan has been approved and passed, the Maryland Department of Transportation – State Highway Administration is lacking funding for construction.
“If you google ‘accident on Georgia Avenue’ this intersection keeps coming up,” said Yansi Carranza, Felipe’s aunt, in an interview with MyMCM. “And yet nothing has been done.”
Carranza described Hernandez as a “particularly sweet” little girl who had a close relationship with her cousin.
“They would both always be together, like sisters. Now poor Emory asks where she is, ”Carranza said.
Carranza has started a GoFundMe campaign in hopes of covering Hernandez’s funeral costs. As of this writing, she has raised $ 24,118 of her goal of $ 40,000.