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Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 01/ 3/2011

Hit-and-run victim found on Pr. George's roadside

By Washington Post Editors
Washington Post Editors

Investigators believe the body found lying on the side of Route 210 in Fort Washington Monday was the victim of a hit-and-run crash, and they are asking for the public's help in finding out what happened.

A person driving by spotted the body just before 8 a.m. near the intersection of Route 210 and Swan Creek Road East, said Sgt. Michelle Reedy, a Prince George's County police spokeswoman.

The body was that of a female and was badly injured, she said. The woman is described as black, about 50 years old, 5'5" tall and weighing 120 pounds, police said. She was wearing a light blue jacket, blue jeans and black shoes, police said.

Investigators believe the incident to be a hit-and-run crash, Reedy said, but they have no information on who struck the woman or who the woman is. Reedy said it is possible someone driving by might have thought the crash involved only a deer, and she asked anyone with information to call the department's collision analysis and reconstruction unit at 301-731-4422. Police said in a news release the car was probably traveling south, and the woman was walking along the shoulder of the road.

This post has been updated.

By Washington Post Editors  | January 3, 2011; 12:46 PM ET
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's  
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Comments

I'm confused. Is the woman alive or not? You can't tell from reading this. Referring to her as a body would seem to suggest no. Why not write that a woman was found on the road, or a person? Bodies usually refer to dead people.

Yet in the second and third grafs, the woman is referred to in the present tense with the verb "is."

So which is it? Does no one proof anything at the Post before posting it?

Posted by: getjiggly2 | January 4, 2011 8:35 AM | Report abuse

getjiggly2- I agree with you 100%! The Post does not care because it's "them" employed, now let's see, if... " I voted for Obama 1000+", worked there and made such mistakes, we would be fired the very same day!! "WE" are not allowed to make such mistakes. And the jokers working there have their degrees and... I just don't get it?!?!?!? Maybe because the body lying in the road, was that of a black female. Go figure...

Posted by: 0126 | January 4, 2011 9:45 AM | Report abuse

The lede says "body", which indicates the woman was dead. The present tense in the following grafs describe the current appearance of the corpse. Maybe you need to learn how to read without moving your lips or grinding your beef.

Posted by: hlchappell | January 4, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

The lede says "body", which indicates the woman was dead. The present tense in the following grafs describe the current appearance of the corpse. Maybe you need to learn how to read without moving your lips or grinding your beef.

Posted by: hlchappell | January 4, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse


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