PGPD Fatal Collision in Beltsville Under Investigation


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The Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash that occurred on March 29th in Beltsville. The deceased driver is 90-year-old Richard Drachman of Silver Spring.

On March 29, 2021, at approximately 1:10 pm, officers with the Montgomery County Police Department responded to the 114200 block of Cherry Hill Road for a collision involving two vehicles.

The preliminary investigation revealed the Drachman was traveling southbound on Cherry Hill Road when a second vehicle traveling northbound on Cherry Hill Road crossed over the double yellow line in an attempt to overtake a vehicle also traveling northbound. The second vehicle struck the Drachman’s vehicle head-on while in the southbound lane. Both Drachman and the driver of the second vehicle were taken to a local hospital. Drachman died of his injuries on April 6th. The driver of the striking vehicle suffered what appear to be non-life-threatening injuries.

During the course of Montgomery County’s investigation, it was determined that the collision occurred in the jurisdiction of Prince George’s County near the Montgomery County border.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit at 301-731-4422. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device. Please refer to case 21-0015337.

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