A car struck a stroller carrying a 3-month-old baby in an accident on Arlington Road reported by Patch last week, Montgomery County police reported Wednesday, but the child and the mother were uninjured.
The accident happened shortly before 3 p.m. on Feb. 27, when a mother was crossing Arlington Road in the crosswalk and pushing her 3-month-old son in a stroller, said police spokeswoman Officer Rebecca Innocenti.
An Acura MDX making a left turn onto Arlington Road from Edgemoor Lane struck the stroller, Innocenti said. Neither mother nor child were injured, but the baby was transported to the hospital as a precaution, Innocenti said.
The driver, a 34-year-old Bethesda woman, stayed on the scene. The driver was deemed at fault and cited, but the charges weren’t immediately known, Innocenti said.
The accident has sparked debate about pedestrian safety along the busy road near Bethesda Elementary School and has prompted police to install signage and focus their traffic squad on the intersection, Patch reported Tuesday.
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, parent Wendy Leibowitz told Patch.
Leibowitz, who lives across Arlington Road from the school and walks her 7-year-old daughter to school, said that cars often speed and drive aggressively when turning onto Arlington from Edgemoor.
Several readers who commented on Patch’s initial story about the accident called for a crossing guard near Bethesda Elementary.
“My kids attended BE also and I don't [know] why there has never been a crossing guard assigned there,” Patch commenter Rick Baldwin wrote. “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.”
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