A 59-year-old Rockville woman participating in a charity cycling event was killed Sunday afternoon while riding on a road near Woodsboro.
Diane Centeno Deshields was traveling on Good Intent Road at approximately 10 a.m. when she collided with a 2018 Chevrolet Malibu that was traveling south on Md. 194, according to a press release from the Frederick Barack of the Maryland State Police. Deshields died from injuries suffered in the crash, despite attempts from emergency medical personnel who were called to the scene, police said.
The intersection of Md. 194 (Woodsboro Pike) and Good Intent Road was closed for about four hours Sunday after the collision.
Deshields was participating in a cycling event called “Firefighter 50.” According to their website, Firefighter 50 is a bike ride that raises funds for the Pleasant Valley Community Fire Department in Westminster. It has been held annually for the past eight years and, last year, hosted between 600 and 700 riders, according to David Yonkoski, member of the 2019 Firefighter 50 Working Group.
Registered bikers can choose from five different bike routes ranging in length from 30 to 100 miles. Each route starts and ends in Pleasant Valley.
According to information posted on the website, “All routes were designed and tested by local cyclist and utilize low traffic roads in Carroll and Frederick County, Maryland and Adams County, Pennsylvania.”
Yonkoski, who is involved with the organization and running of the event, said Deshields was biking the Metric Century route, which is 63 miles long and is designed for more experienced riders. It is also a brand-new route that was introduced to the event this year.
“We’re just trying to raise a little money for a fire company and have some fun,” said Yonkoski. “It’s terrible that this happened, it’s just terrible.”
He said this is the first time a rider of their event has been in a collision or received any sort of injury.
The occupants of the Chevrolet did not sustain any injuries and the investigation is ongoing, said the press release. At approximately 1 p.m,, the intersection was reopened.