Early Morning Jogger Killed in Tractor Trailer DC Hit and Run

By Peter DePaolis

It is an inescapable consequence of modern life that walkers, bicyclists, and joggers find themselves sharing the roads with cars, trucks, and other large vehicles. Both parties need to stay vigilant to avoid accidents because when pedestrians are involved in an accident with a motor vehicle, serious injuries can happen to the pedestrian.

On Saturday morning, a tractor-trailer struck a woman that was out for an early morning jog around 6 a.m. at the intersection of 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW. Medical personnel took her to a nearby hospital, but she died because of her injuries. A surveillance camera captured video of the truck. Police provided the video to media outlets to find the driver, who recognized his truck and got in touch with police. The driver had no idea he had hit someone. Unfortunately, the woman was wearing headphones when she crossed the intersection and was oblivious to the oncoming traffic.

This unfortunate accident highlights the need for both pedestrians and drivers to stay vigilant on the road. Pedestrians should do things like wearing bright clothing, look both ways before crossing a street even when traffic is light, and only cross when they have the right of way. Drivers in urban areas should particularly be on guard for pedestrians and pay careful attention to people at intersections and when making turns.

If you or a loved one has suffered any injuries stemming from a pedestrian accident, please contact Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer Marc Fielder or a Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.