Posted on Jan 07, 2013

Two pedestrians were struck and died just 12 hours apart in separate, unrelated accidents in Prince George’s County.

Robert Shipley Auerbach, 92, died the evening of Wednesday, December 12, in a hit and run pedestrian accident in Greenbelt.

Auerbach was trying to cross the southbound lanes of Hanover Parkway near Ora Glen Drive when a southbound vehicle struck him around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The vehicle, a silver four-door Mercedes Benz, did not stop after the accident. The Greenbelt Police Department later recovered the suspect’s vehicle, though it is unclear whether the suspect was apprehended.

Auerbach, a New York City native and 50-year resident of Greenbelt, died around 11:00 p.m. from injuries he sustained in the accident. He was a civil rights activist and had most recently received 4,600 votes in an unsuccessful bid for Maryland’s U.S. House of Representatives Fifth District seat.

Terraine Saunders, 46, died Thursday morning, December 13, from injuries he sustained when a car jumped the curb and struck him in Fort Washington. 

According to Prince George’s County Police, a driver fell asleep while traveling along the 9200 block of Livingston Road around 6:30 a.m.

The driver, who has not yet been identified, was asleep at the wheel when his green Subaru jumped the curb and crashed into one of two pedestrians who were on the sidewalk. The second pedestrian was not injured.

Saunders, a resident of Fort Washington, was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No criminal activity is suspected in the accident.

The wrongful death attorneys of Nickelsporn & Lundin express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Auerbach and Mr. Saunders.

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