GAITHERSBURG - Shane Johnson, 24, a local youth football coach died over the 4th of July weekend in a car crash. Police are still investigating the cause.
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit say they are continuing to investigate the fatal collision which occurred on Thursday, July 4 at 1:30 a.m. in the 500 block of E. Diamond Avenue in Gaithersburg.
A 6th District patrol officer observed the operator of an SUV commit a traffic violation. When the officer made a U-turn to stop the vehicle, he observed it accelerate. Shortly thereafter, the officer discovered that the vehicle had left the roadway and overturned.
The preliminary investigation shows that a 2003 Toyota Highlander left the north side of E. Diamond Avenue, struck a utility pole, a bus stop, a tree, a fire hydrant, and a pole support cable. The vehicle then overturned and came to rest across from 503 E. Diamond Avenue. The two occupants of the vehicle were ejected.
Shayne R. Johnson, age 24, of Emory Grove Road in Gaithersburg died at the scene. Jean Marie Pollard, age 28, of Birchtree Lane in Silver Spring was transported to a local hospital.
Johnson, a successful youth football coach had coached at St. Francis for four years, along with his older brother, Mike Johnson. Shane coached seven and eight-year-olds during his tenure and according to a spokesman for the program, "had a great gift of dealing with kids," and "was an inspiration to everyone who knew him."
The circumstances surrounding this collision, including which occupant was operating the vehicle, remain under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620. Callers may remain anonymous.