Car hits child in Bethesda: 7-year-old boy dies from injuries sustained after being hit by car at bus stop

A young boy, who was struck by a vehicle Wednesday morning in Montgomery County has died, according to police.

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The news of his passing came one day after the 7-year-old was hospitalized in critical condition. The incident happened Wednesday morning at a bus stop on the corner of Grosvenor Lane and King Charles Way, near the I-495 overpass in the Bethesda area.

Montgomery County Police officials say the striking vehicle, a gold 2002 Honda Accord, was driving in the 5200 block of King Charles Way, when the car lost control and left the roadway. After leaving the roadway, the car hit three people standing in a grassy area waiting for a school bus. 

The three people were identified an adult male, his 18-month-old toddler in a stroller and his 7-year-old son, who later died from his injuries. Police say the toddler was unharmed in the incident and the man suffered minor injuries. 

Ashburton Elementary School released a letter to families on Thursday, identifying the 7-year-old as first-grade student, Muhammed Saifullah Elsyaf.

The letter reads in part:

"For those of you who knew Muhammed, we ask that you remember and celebrate his joyous smile. For those of you who did not know Muhammed, we ask that you respect that there are feelings of sadness throughout our larger school community and to support us with your understanding. It is very difficult to face the death of a young person. When we were made aware of the accident yesterday, a support team of psychologists, counselors, and pupil personnel workers from Montgomery County Public Schools worked with our staff members to provide students with counseling and other emotional support. We will continue to provide this support tomorrow as the news of this accident spreads throughout our school community. We ask that the parents of any students who may need additional support share those requests with their child’s teacher or our school counselor. Additionally, tomorrow, we will continue to provide more strategic support to students most impacted by this loss including any who may have witnessed this tragic event."

Investigators say the adult male driver of the Honda remained at the scene after the incident and provided a statement to investigators. He did not sustain any injuries.

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Police are investigating what led up to the crash, and if any charges should be filed.


The Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this collision. Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact CRU detectives at 240-773-6620.