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Man hit by SUV on the sidewalk has died

Matt Zapotosky

Update, May 11, 10:35 a.m.:

The man struck and critically wounded by an SUV on Monday as he stood on the sidewalk outside Eastover Shopping Center has died, authorities said Tuesday.

Police did not immediately release the man's name or the name of the SUV driver. They said the SUV's driver has been taken into custody.

Check back for more details later.

Original post (May 10):

A man was struck and critically injured Monday afternoon by an SUV that drove up on the sidewalk of the Eastover Shopping Center in Oxon Hill, leaving a trail of damage in its wake, police and fire officials said.

The man was standing on the sidewalk in front of a CVS store when he was struck, fire officials said. He was transported to a nearby hospital with trauma to his lower legs, fire officials said. His injuries were considered life-threatening.

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At the scene of the crash in Oxon Hill. (Prince George's County Fire / EMS)

The SUV traveled nearly 300 feet on the sidewalk and damaged several support beams and other structures, fire officials said. Five stores, including the CVS, were evacuated and closed until a building inspector can review the damage, fire officials said.

Police are questioning the driver of the SUV, according to a fire department news release. It remains unclear why he drove on the sidewalk. The incident occurred about 1:30 p.m. in the 4800 block of Indian Head Highway.

Jenay Wade, who was working in the CVS, said she heard a noise that "just sounded like a train coming," then the SUV crashed into the security gate the store pulls down at night. The SUV did not come into the store, Wade said, but it did serious damage to the gate.

Wade said witnesses told her the SUV had been doing donuts in the parking lot right before the crash. She said a man was taken from the scene with very serious injuries to his leg.

Lawrence Pratt, who works at Eastover Liquors, said he heard a noise that sounded "like a freight train or something," and then realized the SUV had struck a pole outside the store. He said the SUV continued down to the nearby CVS, "tearing everything down" in its path.

When Pratt came out of the store, he saw a man laying on the ground with a lot of blood around him. Pratt said he could not bring himself to look for very long.

A police spokesman said the man's legs would likely have to be amputated. The spokesman could not confirm that the SUV's driver was doing donuts before the crash.

-- Matt Zapotosky

This post has been updated since it was published originally.

By Matt Zapotosky  |  May 11, 2010; 10:35 AM ET
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Comments

Poor guy, may loose his legs. What colossal morons who were behind the wheel. Because of them, he will never walk again.

...Seems as if this area is generating more idiots by the day.

Posted by: ericroks | May 10, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

When Pratt came out of the store, he saw a man laying on the ground...
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Actually, he was LYING on the ground.

Your writers and editors need to learn basic English, WaPo.

Posted by: checkered1 | May 10, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Zapotosky, don't you really mean that a man was critically injured by a driver who drove a vehicle up onto the sidewalk? The SUV did not drive itself onto the sidewalk. And what is the significance of pointing out that the vehicle was an SUV, as if that contributed to the accident? Would you have stated that the man was critically injured by a "subcompact that drove up on the sidewalk" if that had been the case?

Posted by: n8dc | May 10, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

When Pratt came out of the store, he saw a man laying on the ground...
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Actually, he was LYING on the ground.

Your writers and editors need to learn basic English, WaPo.

Posted by: checkered1 | May 10, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

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Are you sure about that?

Posted by: JoeMck | May 11, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

To lie down is to recline and to lay down is to place or be placed. Now, did the victim (who unfortiunately has died from his injuries)lie down on the sidewalk or did the impact from the van lay him down??

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | May 11, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

To lie down is to recline and to lay down is to place or be placed. Now, did the victim (who unfortiunately has died from his injuries)lie down on the sidewalk or did the impact from the van lay him down?? Not being insensitive to this person's death, just wanting to know whichi is correct.

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | May 11, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Another report said that the driver of the SUV was doing donuts in the parking lot for 15-20 minutes before the accident. For heavens sake, folks, pull out the cell phone and call the police next time.

God rest his soul. It could have been almost any of us.

Posted by: wp05112010 | May 11, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Condolences to this person's family.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | May 11, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

This is what happens when illegal foreigners are allowed to drive without ever passing a drivers test!

Posted by: barrysmith1 | May 11, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Actually, he was LYING on the ground.

Your writers and editors need to learn basic English, WaPo.

@ checkered1

I think you you suffer from Constructional Dyspraxia......

they are called homonyms !!!!

Posted by: wendy_lewis2 | May 11, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Actually, he was LYING on the ground.

Your writers and editors need to learn basic English, WaPo.

@ checkered1

I think you you suffer from Constructional Dyspraxia......

they are called homonyms !!!!

Posted by: wendy_lewis2 | May 11, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

This is what happens when illegal foreigners are allowed to drive without ever passing a drivers test!

barrysmith1

No idiot this is what happens from smoking a Dipper aka PCP

Posted by: wendy_lewis2 | May 11, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

wp05112010 wrote " For heavens sake, folks, pull out the cell phone and call the police next time." Completelu unnecessary, as the 4th District Police Station is located in that shopping center.
Where's the PGPD with a spontaneous beat-down when you need one?

Posted by: hackstone | May 11, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

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