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Child Struck by Car Near Bethesda School

Police: The child wasn't injured during Wednesday's incident.

A child was involved in a pedestrian collision last week on Arlington Road and Edgemoor Lane, near a Montgomery County police spokeswoman said. The incident has sparked debate about child safety on and near busy streets in Bethesda.

Details surrounding the accident remain unclear. A police report was not immediately available. The child wasn't injured, said Officer Rebecca Innocenti, a county police spokeswoman.

Police responded to the scene around 2:42 p.m. Wednesday, Innocenti said.

Following the incident, local officials and the Bethesda Elementary School PTA are looking into ways to increase safety near the busy intersection.

"This accident is extremely troubling. We need all drivers to watch for pedestrians and to take their time," Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center director Ken Hartman wrote in an e-mail to Patch. "Gaining a few seconds in your drive is not worth having someone's death on your conscience. Bethesda is a busy place and having a walkable and safe community is our priority."

Hartman said the county's Department of Transportation is examining the intersection. Montgomery County police have placed a variable message sign near the intersection and the traffic squad "will focus there heavily this month," Hartman wrote.

Bethesda Elementary School parents are discussing ways to increase safety near the intersection, and may advocate for a speed camera, more signage, or a crossing guard, said parent Wendy Leibowitz.

Leibowitz, who lives across Arlington Road from the school and walks her 7-year-old daughter to school, said cars often speed and drive aggressively when turning onto Arlington from Edgemoor.

"If you live on the Metro side, there's no other way to get there than crossing Arlington Road, and it's really terrifying to all of us," Leibowitz said.

Joe Thomas March 05, 2013 at 02:26 PM
If the student wasn't injured then it wasn't an "accident".
Robin Lawson March 05, 2013 at 06:46 PM
There needs to be a crossing guard at the entrance of the school on Arlington Rd., and always has. My kids went to B.E. and I used to always ask why the school didn't have one to no avail.
Rick Baldwin March 06, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Agreed. My kids attended BE also and I don't no why there has never been a crossing guard assigned there. I don't know what the criteria is to get one assigned but if any school in Bethesda needs a crossing guard this one does.
Wendy Leibowitz March 07, 2013 at 03:49 PM
To Mr. Thomas: A car hit a baby stroller and dragged it several yards. It was only a miracle that no one was injuried. I'm worried that because no one was injured, little will be done. Do we have to wait until someone is hurt or killed before we get better signage, that displays the speed limit, a neon display of the speed a car is traveling, speed cameras and hefty fines? Construction is coming soon to the Bethesda Metro station, disrupting traffic patterns. I worry there will be heavier car traffic on Arlington Road and even more drivers who don't care about pedestrians' right of way in the crosswalks. But if the attitude is, "Hey, no one was injured, so it doesn't matter," we have a steep hill to climb. Against heavy traffic. Ironically, one of the reasons we moved to Bethesda was to be able to walk to an excellent public school. The school is excellent; the walk is perilous. Stay safe out there, Wendy Leibowitz, Bethesda Elementary School parent

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