Driver killed after hitting downed tree in Montgomery County

Montgomery County police say a driver has died after apparently striking a downed tree and pole in Poolesville Tuesday night.

Pete Piringer of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said the crash happened at around 8:30 p.m. at Darnestown Road near Cattail Road.

Piringer said the struck pole came down and brought live wires onto the vehicle where the adult male victim suffered traumatic injuries. He did not survive. The victim was identified as 79-year-old Elmer Henry Froelich, Jr.

Police closed Darnestown Road at Cattail Road during the investigation.

Severe storms passed through the region Tuesday evening and caused many downed trees and power outages throughout Montgomery County.

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