Local competitors remember Flannery's many kindnesses Probe continues into death on Montgomery Co. road; Triathlon


The news of the death of world-class triathlete Judy Flannery spread quickly through Baltimore's close-knit triathlon community.

Flannery, a four-time world triathlon champion and six-time U.S. triathlon champion from Chevy Chase, was riding a bicycle on a hilly Montgomery County road Wednesday morning when she was fatally struck by a car driven by a 16-year-old who did not have a driver's license or a learner's permit.

Flannery and two friends were westbound on River Road in Seneca at about 11 a.m. when a car crossed the center line and struck Flannery, a 57-year-old mother of five. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Montgomery County police said the father of the driver was in the front passenger seat of the car at the time of the accident and that a teen-aged relative was in the back seat.

Corp. George Ludington, a spokesman for the Montgomery police, said once investigators have compiled their reports, including interviews and the accident reconstruction, they will meet with the state's attorney to determine whether charges will be filed.

Those who knew Flannery, such as local triathletes George Altieri and Troy Jacobson, remembered her as a person who always put others before herself.

"She never had a bad thing to say about anyone," said Altieri, a Columbia resident who became friends with Flannery after meeting her at a local event 10 years ago. "She volunteered in soup kitchens. She was just a very positive person."

Jacobson, a Lutherville resident, said, "She was always so upbeat Usually, when you have an elite athlete like she was, you wouldn't think they would be that friendly, but she was super-friendly."

Pub Date: 4/04/97

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