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No charges in pedestrian's I-270 death

No charges will be filed against either of the two drivers who fatally struck Natasha Nicole Tobin, 25, as she walked in a southbound lane of I-270 on Oct. 11 shortly before midnight, Maryland State Police said.

Tobin, of Fort Washington, was hit first by a 1996 Cadillac and then by a Montgomery County Ride On bus that was behind the Cadillac, state police said.

Neither alcohol nor speed is believed to have been a factor in the accident, a police statement said.

She was among half a dozen pedestrians killed during a one month period in accidents that showed few common themes.

--Mary Pat Flaherty

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | October 14, 2010; 11:13 AM ET
Categories:  Mary Pat Flaherty, Montgomery, Traffic Accidents, Updates  
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I realize that this post is probably just a quick blog update putting out the information that is available, but to keep referring to this as a "pedestrian" accident is just totally misleading.

Yes, the victim was on foot, but in a place where foot traffic is neither legal nor expected! What was she doing in the middle of the highway at midnight? That's just bizarre, and it's wholly unsurprising that she was struck by a car.

This is a different kind of case than, for example, the Rockville Pike/Marinelli Road incident.

Posted by: gasdorian | October 14, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I agree 100%, gasdorian. There's a reason it is ILLEGAL to walk on interstates. Because there's a good chance of getting hit by a car.
Case in point.

Posted by: Hypocritic | October 14, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

They talk like it was normal for her to be walking on 270. There was obviously something very wrong with the woman. She wasn't just some one whose car broke down or ran out of gas. She was obviously suicidal or on drugs.

Posted by: spkdc | October 14, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

They talk like it was normal for her to be walking on 270. There was obviously something very wrong with the woman. She wasn't just some one whose car broke down or ran out of gas. She was obviously suicidal or on drugs.

Posted by: spkdc
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How exactly do you know her car didn't breakdown? How exactly do you know she was "obviously suicidal or on drugs"? Or are you just talking out your you know what.

Posted by: 6thsense79 | October 14, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

She was in lane 4 which is not the shoulder. If her car was broken down she should not have been in lane 4.

Posted by: s2341 | October 14, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

She was in lane 4 which is not the shoulder. If her car was broken down she should not have been in lane 4.

Posted by: s2341 | October 14, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Who knows she could have been a victim or someone threw her out of the car etc.

Posted by: Jim110 | October 14, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

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