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Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 12/ 9/2010

Pedestrian killed in Md. crash IDd

By Matt Zapotosky
Matt Zapotosky

Police have identified the pedestrian killed in a hit-and-run crash in the District Heights area of Prince George's County Wednesday night as 28-year-old Krystal Brown.

Brown was walking home from the library with her brother when the two were struck by what appeared to be a gold 1990 Honda Accord, said Lt. Tammy Sparkman, a Prince George's County police spokeswoman.

The crash occurred as the two were trying to cross the exit area from Walker Mill Road onto County Road, and the Accord left the scene of the crash, police had said.

The two lived in the 6800 block of Walker Mill Road, just down the street from the crash scene, Sparkman said.

Both were taken to the hospital, and Krystal Brown later died, Sparkman said. Her brother, 20, remained alive in critical but stable condition Thursday morning, Sparkman said. She declined to identify the brother.

Police said they are still searching for the gold Accord and its driver, and it remains unclear why the car hit the two pedestrians and did not stop. A police spokesman said Wednesday night that many streetlights were out in the area, creating dim conditions. The crash occurred just after 5:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, police said the 72-year-old man injured in another pedestrian crash about 30 minutes earlier in the Mitchellville Plaza shopping center was expected to survive.

That man was pinned by an SUV that lost control and struck several vehicles before hitting him, Sparkman said. She said it appears the crash was caused when the SUV's elderly driver stepped on the gas instead of the brake.

Sparkman said that no one has been charged yet in that case. The 72-year-old, she said, sustained non-life threatening injuries.

By Matt Zapotosky  | December 9, 2010; 10:34 AM ET
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Comments

If the driving test required a visual-foot coordination reflex test, to be taken every year when a person hit's 50, a lot of incompotent drivers could be removeed from the roadways.

Posted by: localgoober | December 9, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

If the driving test required a visual-foot coordination reflex test, to be taken every year when a person hit's 50, a lot of incompotent drivers could be removed from the roadways.

Posted by: localgoober | December 9, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Krystal and her brother should have been paying attention before venturing out into traffic. Instead, I suspect one or both was on a cell and the other wasn't minding the store.

Posted by: rpcv84 | December 9, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

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