Update, 1:20 p.m.
Montgomery County police have identified the victim of Thursday morning's fatal pedestrian collision as George Pezdirtz III, of the 900 block of Clopper Road in Gaithersburg.
Montgomery County police and Fire and Rescue services responded to the area of Clopper Road and Metropolitan Grove Road at approximately 6:26 a.m. for the report of a personal injury collision, according to a news release.
Preliminary investigation revealed Pezdirtz, 55, was crossing Clopper Road just east of Metropolitan Grove Road when he was struck by a Montgomery County school bus that was traveling westbound on Clopper Road, police said.
The driver of the bus has been identified as Telma Elizabeth Ramirez, 57, of the 19200 block of Hempstone Avenue in Poolesville, police said. Ramirez remained on scene of the collision and provided information to investigators.
The circumstances surrounding this collision remain under investigation. Detectives are asking anyone that witnessed or may have information about this collision to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620. Callers may remain anonymous.
Original Post, 9:48 a.m.
The incident occurred on Clopper Road at Firstfield Road around 6:30 a.m, according to the report.
"Clopper [Road] is shut down between Firstfield [Road] and Metropolitan Grove [Road] for the investigation of a fatal pedestrian collision," Montgomery County police tweeted at 7:30 a.m.
The bus was a Montgomery County Public Schools bus and no students were on the bus at the time, MCPS spokesperson Dana Tofig said.
The road closures caused some traffic problems for MCPS schools this morning, Tofig said. The following recorded message was sent to parents at several Gaithersburg area schools:
Good morning. This is a message from Montgomery County Public Schools. A traffic accident this morning has caused police to close Clopper Road in both directions at the intersection with Firstfield Road. This is causing some of our bus routes to be delayed and is also making it difficult for some staff members to get to their schools. Staff members are at your child's school and are ready for the school day to begin. However the road closures may cause some changes to early classes. All students are safe and we expect this to cause minimal disruption to the school day. If you have questions, please contact the office of your child's school. Thank you.
Clopper Road was reopened around 9:44 a.m., according to Alert Gaithersburg.
- (March 14, 2013)