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ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A four-vehicle crash Wednesday morning in Rockville is raising safety concerns about a busy intersection.

That crash happened just before 8 a.m. at the intersection of Aspen Hill Road and Parkland Drive in Montgomery County. Three cars and a motorcycle were involved in the crash.

"This is a very heavily trafficked street, this street coming very dangerous,” Carme Arce, a nearby resident, said. She and her husband ran outside after they heard the crash.

"I saw the kid in the red car screaming,” Jose Arce said.

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The operator of the motorcycle, later identified as Ronnie King of Capitol Heights, Md., is in critical condition, according to witnesses and a Montgomery County Police Spokesperson.

Police said the crash happened after the motorcyclist tried to flee a traffic stop for not having a license plate. They and neighbors said it could've happened anywhere, but the people who live near the intersection are mad.

"This just serves as a reminder of the dangerous intersection here on Aspen Hill Road,” Hail Haleem said.

It’s the same intersection where an ambulance and fire engine crashed last year, sending seven emergency responders to the hospital, according to police.

Sharon Dean, a member of the Aspen Hill Civic and Homeowners Association, told WUSA9 she is pushing to get a state traffic study on this particular intersection.

"If you look at this intersection, you'll see there are bushes on three corners which make it almost a blind intersection,” Dean said. 

Just about everyone agreed with her on Wednesday, including police.

A Montgomery County Police Captain working in the traffic division said the stretch of Aspen Hill from Veirs Mill Road to Georgia Avenue, saw 32 collisions and one death in 2014 and 43 collisions and one death in 2013. Both deaths involved speeding at night, according to the captain.

Aspen Hill connects three major thoroughfares in Maryland: Georgia Avenue, Connecticut Avenue and Veirs Mill Rd.

"A visitor at my home was totaled at that corner and my son was T-boned there,” Sharon Dean said.

"I had had, myself, about four or five accidents already in the 21-years that I have been residing in this area,” Jose Arce said. “They hurting somebody's kid or daughter or mother. You have to be more conscious of speed.”

At least one other person from Wednesday morning's crash was transported. This person had non-life threatening injuries. Two other drivers declined treatment. 

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