A woman crossing the road as she walked her dog was struck by a car and killed Thursday morning on Downsville Pike, Maryland State Police said.
Elinor McLeod, 81, of Williamsport, died when she was struck by a Volkswagen sedan driven by Mohamed A. Majeed, 49, of Fairplay, state police said in a news release.
Majeed was traveling north on Downsville Pike when the accident happened shortly before 8:30 a.m., state police said in a press release.
McLeod was walking east across the travel portion of the roadway when she was struck, according to state police.
“The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene,” Trooper 1st. Class William R. Talbert said at the scene.
The accident happened in the 8700 block of Downsville Pike (Md. 632) between Lappans Road (Md. 68) and Spielman Road (Md. 63).
The windshield of the car was shattered.
“Further investigation revealed that Majeed was unable to avoid striking McLeod who was walking her dog across the roadway and traveled into the path of his vehicle,” state police said.
“No charges are being pursued at this time,” police said.
“As of right now this simply looks like an accident,” Talbert said.
After the car struck McLeod, Majeed stopped the car, called 911, and remained at the scene, state police said.
The dog, Winston, was injured and was turned over to a family friend, state police Trooper Andre Butler said.
The friend, Ruth Hammond, who lives in the 8600 block of Downsville Pike, said Winston had a broken leg and was taken to a vet. She said the dog will be given to a family member.
Hammond, 60, said that she found out about the accident while listening to a police scanner and called her granddaughter, who was driving to school at Washington County Technical High School and saw the accident scene.
Hammond said she found out the victim’s identity when she arrived on the scene.
“She was a very nice lady and would always come out in the morning and walk her dog,” Hammond said. “It was very upsetting.”
Rebecca Settle, who said she lives next door to McLeod at 8674 Downsville Pike, said that she knew McLeod well and that they were planning to plant flowers in her flower bed Friday.
“She was a very wonderful lady devoted to her dog,” she said. “She was always out in the yard working in her flower bed.”
Settle, 70, said the road, which has a sharp curve just south of where McLeod was struck, is dangerous for motorists and pedestrians.
“When you’re coming down the road, you don’t see that curve until you’re into it,” she said. “I used to walk out here but I don’t anymore because of the traffic.”
Members from the Maryland State Police Crash Team were called in to assist in the investigation and complete a full collision reconstruction, state police said.
The body was taken to the Coroner’s Office in Baltimore, Senior Trooper Tim Kocevar of the Maryland State Police said.
Police ask that anyone with additional information contact Kocevar at 301-766-3800, ext. 4040.