FORT WASHINGTON, Md. - A Maryland woman's family is making a heartfelt plea to the public after their loved one was struck and killed while crossing a busy intersection in Prince George's County.
Samira Jenkins was walking along Indian Head Highway (Route 210) near Kerby Hill Road in Fort Washington when a driver hit her early Thursday morning.
Family members of the 24-year-old woman said she was on her way to a job interview in Gaithersburg when she was killed. Investigators said Jenkins was in a crosswalk when she was struck.
The driver stayed at the scene following the crash and he reportedly said the traffic light was green. Police are still trying to determine who had the right of way.
Jenkins' family said all they have to go on right now is the driver's account of what happened and they are asking for anyone to come forward who witnessed the incident.
The victim's family believes speed may have played a factor. They also said Indian Head Highway is a dangerous road and believes this tragedy could have been prevented.
"The message is this - my 24-year-old daughter was killed today while trying to cross the street of [Route] 210," said Yasmin Duncan, Jenkins' mother. "[Route] 210 has taken a lot of lives due to the speeding, recklessness of the drivers and no real police patrol on 210. What I am asking, if anyone was a witness to what happened to my daughter, to please step forward and call the Prince George's County Police Department. The driver did stop, but the witnesses that initially stopped did not stay so we don't know what happened."
There have been 61 traffic-related death on Indian Head Highway since 2007, including seven deadly traffic crashes last year, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.
"It is everyone's personal responsibility to drive safely," said Prince George's County Police Maj. James Keleti. "So far in 2018, we have issued over 2,000 citations along [Route] 210 and we are currently conducting operations along with Maryland State Police."
Jenkins' family live adjacent to this intersection and saw the aftermath of the crash from their balcony. They said Jenkins had crossed this intersection hundreds of times.
Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision to call 1-866-411-TIPS.