Man hit by SUV on the sidewalk has died
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.
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.
This post has been updated since it was published originally.
May 11, 2010; 10:35 AM ET
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