Crash in Derwood kills one, leaves one hospitalized -- Gazette.Net


This story was corrected 5:25 p.m. on Dec. 20, 2013. An explanation follows the story.

A man whose car was hit by a Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control truck in Derwood died from his injuries Friday.

The crash took place on Crabbs Branch Way in at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

According to Montgomery County Police, Valery A. Portnoi, 74, of N Street in northwest Washington, D.C., died from his injuries in Suburban Hospital.

The passenger in the car, Atalia Portnoi, 72, was in critical condition, according to police.

Police identified the driver of the truck as Benito Gonzalez, 65, of the 1500 block of December Drive in Silver Spring. Allan Lule, 28, of the 5400 block of Madison Way in Hyattsville was a passenger in the truck.

Police said they were uninjured.

Portnoi’s family members could not be reached by phone.

Portnoi had worked recently as a doctor in New York before retiring in 2012.

“Oh, my goodness,” said Shonelle Williams, who had worked with him at Beth Israel Medical Center, when she learned of the news.

Portnoi was a “very private doctor” whose specialty had been geriatric medicine, she said.

“He was the face of Beth Israel in caring for elderly patients,” she said, adding that Portnoi had been the chief of the geriatrics division.

In a release identifying Portnoi as the person who had died, police said he had been driving a gold 1997 Ford Taurus in the right lane of Crabbs Branch Way in Derwood. The crash occurred after the car turned left in front of, and was hit by, a 2008 blue Freightliner truck registered to the Montgomery County Board of Liquor Control, which also was northbound, according to the release.

Photos posted to Montgomery County Media, a county-run news service, showed the station wagon crumpled, with its tires flattened and two of its doors cut away.

Attempts to reach Gonzalez and Lule were unsuccessful.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story reported, based on information from police, that the two injured victims were both female.