Md. woman killed in hit-and-run in Upper Marlboro; police searching for trash truck

- “I can't imagine not seeing my wife tonight come home and that just hurts me so much,” said Wilbert McCowen.

He said his wife, Ghada Ahmed, likely never saw it coming.

“She left to run some errands, was on her way back to the house to get the kids to take them to school,” said McCowen. “Someone in a trash truck, I guess, sideswiped her coming off the ramp and hit her and knocked her over to the post right there at the exit of [Interstate] 495 and left her for dead. Never stopped.”

Police said the deadly crash happened shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday at the Pennsylvania Avenue exit.

McCowen and his wife have four children between 5 and 14 years old.

“That is the most difficult thing – my 14-year-old [and] my 12-year-old know,” he said. “My boys don't know, and to be honest, I don't have the slightest clue how to break that to them.”

Family members have a stern message for the person responsible.

“You are a coward,” said Mona Ahmed. “You knew you hit my sister and you kept on going. She could potentially still be here had you just pulled over and called the police, called for help immediately.”

Phenomenal, intelligent and beautiful is how family members describe their loved one who was lost far too soon.

Police said because of the size difference in the vehicles, investigators now believe it is possible the trash truck’s driver may not have known the truck was involved in a collision.

Anyone who witnessed the fatal accident is asked to call police.

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