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Posted on: October 23, 2023

FPD Identifies Victim in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident

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The Frederick Police Department is providing an update on the ongoing investigation into a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred on Thursday, October 12, 2023.

The deceased victim has been identified as William Arthur Whitted Jr., age 73, of Frederick, MD.

On Thursday, October 12, 2023, at approximately 10:45 a.m., FPD officers responded to an incident in the 1200 block of West Patrick Street, which involved a motor vehicle fatally striking a pedestrian. William Arthur Whitted Jr. was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Preliminary findings indicate that a 2014 Mack garbage truck, registered to BFI Waste Services in Hagerstown, MD, was departing the retail shopping center in the 1200 block of West Patrick St. The truck was making a right turn onto eastbound West Patrick St when it struck Mr. Whitted, who was crossing the street in a motorized wheelchair. Mr. Whitted was ejected from the motorized wheelchair and subsequently struck by the garbage truck. 

FPD’s Crash Reconstruction Team continues to actively investigate this incident. Charges have not been filed against the driver involved in the accident, therefore, the driver's name is not being released at this time. 

We encourage anyone with information, who has not yet spoken with officers, to come forward. Please contact Officer Coady at 240-549-4542 or acoady@frederickmdpolice.org

Date: 10/12/2023
Case #: 23-083698
Incident Type: Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident
Lead Investigator: OFC Coady
Author of Release: Samantha Long
PIO Contact: Samantha Long slong@frederickmdpolice.org 

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