UPDATED: Pedestrian Struck, Killed By School Bus On Clopper Road

A 55-year-old man was struck and killed by a school bus Thursday morning in Gaithersburg.

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.

A 55-year-old man was struck and killed by a school bus Thursday morning in Gaithersburg, NBC Washington reported.

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.

Read the full story on NBC Washington.

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  •  (March 14, 2013)
Marjorie Johnson March 25, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Mr. George was one my of the best Metro Access drivers around that I have dispatched for in my 9+ years being with the company. He was always very pleasant to his customers and coworkers...always willing to go the extra mile without a thought. I don't know why Mr. George crossed the street where he did but I know that he was on his way to work because he loved his job. We were looking to hear Mr. George's cheerful voice during pullout time for his 7:30 route but did and felt it was odd and even though we in the Call Center that dispatch for Challenger had to inform some of our other drivers of the accident never did we know that it was an accident that had taken the life of one of the nicest men ever. I will not comment on the negativity in some of these post but WE as humans have no problem being the pot that called the kettle black...& if we could go back and do something that we fudged up the first time over again most likely we would BUT our tomorrow isn't promised...my prayers go out to both families because the driver will be haunted by the vision and knowledge that she took the life of another human being even though it was an accident...she needs our prayers now also. To Mr. George's family....my, our(Natalie, Tameika, Geovanna, & Charnita ~his dispatchers) prayers our with you and we will miss him dearly.
sallie dukes March 26, 2013 at 12:05 AM
K S you could have really kept your STUPID remarks to yourself, speaking of stupid people, oh sorry i guess u looked n the mirror already.
sallie dukes March 26, 2013 at 12:19 AM
Marjorie is so right, keep all n prayer and try to always love One another as George has done. Bottom line, grow up and be more like him.
Lisa S March 27, 2013 at 01:05 AM
I won't even acknowledge the ignorant people that posted. All I can do is pray for you as well. I too had the honor of working with George. We went through training together and were the last two standing from our class. He was such a nice man and took pride in his work. We were just sitting and talking a few days prior. So all of you that negative comments, please understand that each day is not promised to us. You could be on your way to work, school, etc. as normal and it could be your last time. My prayers are with both families, as this must be very difficult for the bus driver as well. Heaven has truly gotten an angel.
kfp April 13, 2013 at 01:50 AM
I know George's daughter and you people need to think about the family of the man who lost his life before you post such disrespectful conments. He was a father, a husband, a grandfather, a brother, and a friend. Have some respect.


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