Pedestrian fatally struck in Silver Spring; driver suspected of DUI

Montgomery County police say a man has been taken into custody on suspicion of DUI after a pedestrian was struck and killed in Silver Spring.

Police say at around 11 a.m. Wednesday, a 49-year-old woman was standing in the road at a bus stop in the 1000 block of Cresthaven Drive when she was struck by an SUV. The woman may have been in the street to avoid the snow, according to authorities.

The victim has been identified as Vanessa Dixon of Northwest D.C.

"The investigation reveals that a 2005 Nissan Xterra was being operated in an erratic manner on New Hampshire Avenue," said Montgomery County Police Cpl. David Cohen. "He came through the neighborhood and continued to operate erratically."

After striking the pedestrian, the SUV also hit two other vehicles in the neighborhood.

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