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Pedestrian Struck and Killed at DC Intersection

Posted on September 8, 2011 to

The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a collision between a car and pedestrian late last month at a D.C. intersection. The car-pedestrian collision killed the 65-year-old man walking in the intersection of 8th Street and Virginia Avenue S.E., according to scnow.com.

At approximately 7:30 p.m., a 2003 Dodge pickup truck was traveling in the intersection towards 8th Street. The victim entered the crosswalk and the pickup struck him, according to police. Responders from the D.C. Emergency Medical Services rushed the victim to a local hospital where he later died.

The pickup driver did not suffer injuries in the fatal collision. Investigators do not know at this time if alcohol was a factor. The Washington D.C. police department’s major crashes unit is continuing to investigate the accident. Authorities have yet to file any charges against the pickup driver in the accident.

Intersections in large metropolitan areas continue to be dangerous locations. A 2010 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that 40 percent of the car accidents in 2008 occurred at intersections. Reasons attributed to intersection collisions were obstructed views, speeding drivers, illegal maneuvers, inattention and false assumption of another person’s action.

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