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Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 02/28/2011

Officer hurt after deadly hit-and-run

By Allison Klein
Allison Klein

A man who was walking his broken scooter across the Key Bridge late Sunday night was fatally hit by an SUV that sped from the scene, D.C. police said.

A police officer who responded to the crash was also struck and injured by a different car, police said. The driver who hit the officer was charged with driving under the influence.

When the officer was struck, just before midnight, his head hit the pavement, police said. He was being evaluated Monday morning at an area hospital, and was listed in stable condition. "We think he's going to be just fine," said Michael Reese, commander of the 2nd District.

According to one report, the officer, a nine-year veteran, was putting flares down on the road as he was struck.

Police have not yet released the name of the pedestrian with the scooter who died.

Officers are looking for the vehicle that hit him, described as a Mercury SUV.

It happened at about 10:30 p.m. as the man was walking from Georgetown into Arlington. Police believe his scooter broke down on the bridge, causing him to walk it in a lane of traffic.

Police ask anyone with information about the accident to call 202-727-9099.

The District's streets were particularly dangerous for pedestrians Monday morning. During the morning commute, three pedestrians were struck by cars in separate incidents.

By Allison Klein  | February 28, 2011; 10:25 AM ET
Categories:  Allison Klein, The District, Traffic Accidents, Updates  
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Comments

The District could be made safer if it were made off-limits to its citizens.

Posted by: jismquiff | February 28, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

The scooter guy is a moron. If your vehicle is broken down, get the heck out of the roadway.

I can't believe how little common sense people have these days.

Posted by: NyallsStJohnSmytheIV | February 28, 2011 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Someone needs to check Kwame Brown's alibi.

Posted by: jab00 | February 28, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Some companies offer discounts to motorists who drive a lower than average number of miles a year. Low mileage discounts can also apply to drivers who car pool to work. "Clearance Auto Insurance" is the place you should be if you need auto insurance at the best price

Posted by: annmeyer12 | March 1, 2011 5:18 AM | Report abuse

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