Names of those involved in Friday Rockville Pike crash released -- Gazette.Net


This story was updated Dec. 31.

Police have released the names of those involved in a six-vehicle collision that closed several lanes of Rockville Pike on Friday afternoon.

Rockville Pike was initially closed across all northbound and southbound lanes at Templeton Place at the time of the accident, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 28. According to Montgomery County police, 31-year-old Keegan David Lutchman of Gaithersburg was driving a Volkswagen Tiguan south in the 1200 block of Rockville Pike when the car crossed into the northbound lanes over a grassy median.

His car struck a Ford pickup truck that was stopped in a northbound lane, police said. The Volkswagen continued traveling the wrong way in a northbound lane, and police said it struck a Chevrolet station wagon in the intersection of Templeton Place and Rockville Pike. The Chevolet then hit a Cadillac SRX, police said.

The Volkswagen then also hit a Honda Civic and a Pontiac Torrent, ran over the sidewalk, and stopped in the parking lot of a BMW dealership, according to police.

The driver of the Chevrolet, 61-year-old James Plakas of Rockville, was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with life-threatening injuries. As of Friday, he was in critical condition.

Keegan David Lutchman and his mother, 56-year-old Annemarie Marion Lutchman of Gaithersburg, who was a passenger in the Volkswagen, were transported to Suburban Hospital for treatment, according to police.

The driver of the Cadillac, 42-year-old Aletha Yvette Davis of Lusby, was also transported to the hospital for treatment, police said, and the driver of the Honda, 41-year-old Imran Arif of Gaithersburg, was treated at Suburban Hospital and released. The driver of the Ford, 61-year-old Ronald St. Aubyn Baxter of Silver Spring, and the driver of the Pontiac, 50-year-old Ana Veronica Lopez of Rockville, were not transported for treatment, according to police.

Two southbound lanes reopened several hours after the collision, and Rockville Pike was reopened in both directions by 5:15 p.m., according to police.