Man Killed by Car on Anacostia Freeway

By Peter DePaolis

A man walking along the Anacostia Freeway on November 4, 2009, was hit and killed by an oncoming car. This is a particularly tragic event, because it could have easily been prevented by the pedestrian.

The man was walking along Interstate 295’s north-bound lanes near the Laboratory Road exit, when a 2002 Chevrolet hit him. The accident blocked traffic for two hours that night, while investigators looked into what happened and cleared the highway.

The Washington, D.C. injury attorneys at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P., say the incident could have been prevented had the pedestrian not been walking along the highway. Walking along a major highway is extremely dangerous. While it is not yet clear whether the pedestrian had abandoned a broken-down vehicle on Interstate 295 or whether he made the unfortunate decision to travel by foot along a major interstate and entered from an entrance ramp, walking along the highway is never a good idea and is never safe.

If you find yourself in a situation in which you decide to walk along a highway, wear bright clothing or call for a ride instead.

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.