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Posted at 9:33 AM ET, 02/ 7/2011

4 hurt, 1 critically, after D.C. hit-run

By Debbi Wilgoren

A person was in critical condition Monday morning after a two-car collision in Northeast Washington in which the driver of the striking car briefly fled, authorities said. The driver of the striking car, and two other people from the vehicle that was hit, were also injured, but less seriously.

Details about those involved in the crash shortly about 2:30 a.m. were sketchy. But a D.C. police spokeswoman said the collision occurred when a Toyota struck a BMW on Rhode Island Avenue at the intersection with Eastern Avenue, which is the border between the District and Prince George's County.

The BMW spun around, and the Toyota struck it a second time, said the spokeswoman, Officer Istmania Bonilla. The impact sent the BMW into a lamppost, and propelled the Toyota across the intersection to the Maryland side of the street.

Three people inside the BMW were injured, Bonilla said. The driver of the Toyota was also hurt, but managed to flee on foot into the surrounding Maryland neighborhoods.

The driver was soon apprehended by officers from the Bladensburg and Mt. Ranier police departments, Bonilla said. After being brought back to the scene, the driver was treated by medics and taken to a local hospital.

The collision remains under investigation, and Bonilla said it was not yet clear whether the driver would be charged.

By Debbi Wilgoren  | February 7, 2011; 9:33 AM ET
Categories:  The District, Traffic Accidents  
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Comments

Excuse me but the Toyota was going fast enough to hit the BMW twice and the driver fled the accident. And officer Bonilla said it was not yet clear whether the driver would be charged? I don't know but how about speeding, hit and run just to name a few off the top of my head?

Posted by: Jimof1913 | February 7, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

What part dont you understand, you have a Toyota full of drunken amigos that hit a BMW twice and a cop named Bonilla. Of course he is not going to charge the amigos.

Posted by: Frank60 | February 7, 2011 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Be honest. If you hit and busted-up a vehicle and you had no auto insurance -- wouldn't YOU run, too?

It's been estimated that no more than 50 percent of D.C. drivers have insurance. Or valid driver licenses.

Posted by: kinkysr | February 7, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

If they ran into Mt. Ranier, 100 bucks says they are illegals.

Posted by: johnfchick1 | February 7, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

johnfchick1 said: If they ran into Mt. Ranier, 100 bucks says they are illegals.

If they were driving a BMW, 100 bucks says that they were on their cell phone are a p rick.

Posted by: CalmTruth | February 7, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

johnfchick1 said: If they ran into Mt. Ranier, 100 bucks says they are illegals.
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If they were driving a BMW, 100 bucks says that they were on their cell phone and are a p rick.

Posted by: CalmTruth | February 7, 2011 3:03 PM | Report abuse

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