Posted on Jan 20, 2014

A Kensington man died Saturday, December 28 when another vehicle hit the side of the car in which he was a passenger. Details of the fatal Rockville accident are as follows:

Irwin Percival Bellamy, 89 years old, died in a car crash on his way to visit his wife, Alice, in the nursing home. Bellamy was riding in a gray 2004 Toyota Corolla that his son, 53-year-old David Bellamy, was driving. David Bellamy was traveling westbound on Maryland Avenue when the accident occurred.

As Bellamy attempted to turn left onto Potomac Valley Road at a green light, a silver 2003 Oldsmobile Bravada struck the side of his Toyota. The driver of the Oldsmobile has been identified as Rachel Miller Dawson, a 73-year-old woman from Potomac. According to an initial police report, Dawson was headed eastbound on Maryland Avenue and also had a green light.

The two vehicles collided in the middle of the intersection, with the Oldsmobile crashing directly into the passenger side of the Toyota where Irwin Bellamy was riding. He suffered life-threatening injuries and died at a local hospital. His son was also taken to the hospital with injuries that are not considered life threatening. Dawson was not injured in the crash.

Irwin Bellamy was a U.S. citizen who spent much of his childhood in the West Indies living with an aunt after his parents died, according to a Gazette interview his son, Steven Bellamy. Steven said his father was a fan of the Giants, playing cricket, and enjoyed bowling. Irwin Bellamy moved to Montgomery County in 1975, where he got a job as a print production supervisor.

We express our sympathies to the Bellamy family in their time of grief and wish a speedy recovery to David Bellamy.

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