Man Walking on the Mall Is Hit by Car and Dies

By Peter DePaolis

A 76-year-old man from Northwest Washington DC died November 17, 2009, after he was hit by a car while he and his wife walked on the U.S. Mall. U.S. Park Police told the Washington Post that the man and his wife were crossing Madison Drive NW at 12 Street, when a car backed into them. The U.S. Park Police reportedly indicated that the husband and wife were walking in a marked crosswalk at the time of the incident and appeared to be abiding by all pedestrian rules.

Both the man and his wife suffered injuries. The man was taken to a hospital and later died. His wife sustained minor injuries and was released from the hospital after treatment.

Whenever you are driving in reverse, drive slowly and check multiple times for people and things behind you. Driving in reverse can be dangerous, if you don’t check your rear-view mirrors and make sure there are no people or objects in the path of your car. If you are backing into a pedestrian crosswalk, it is especially important that you check and double-check the path you will be traveling before you hit the accelerator.

If you are involved with an incident like this, please contact the Washington, D.C. injury attorneys 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.