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Boy killed by car in Georgetown is identified

District police said Tuesday that Zachary Hodges, 11, was the pedestrian who was hit by a car in Georgetown Sunday evening, and died on Monday.

Hodges was struck by a 2006 Toyota Corolla about 6 p.m., near the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue NW and 33rd Street, police said. He apparently was visiting Washington from Texas, but police yesterday did not have his hometown.


The driver of the Corolla, a 21-year-old woman, stayed at the scene. No charges have been filed, but the case remains under investigation, Officer Paul Metcalf said Tuesday.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  |  July 13, 2010; 3:01 PM ET
Categories:  District of Columbia , Tom Jackman , Traffic Accidents , Updates  
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My heart breaks for the family of this young boy. What a tragedy.

Posted by: wurlitzerchaz | July 13, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

I feel also for the young adult driver. Even though the accident was not her fault - other news outlets have reported that the boy ran across the street without looking, and not in a crosswalk - she will carry the effects of this with her for the rest of her life.

I echo the sentiments of numerous posters yesterday about the importance of pedestrian safety and awareness training for children.

For whatever it's worth... when I was growing up, [mumbled #] years ago in the New York area, there was a Public Service Announcement that ran frequently on all of the popular children's TV progams. It was a cartoon and a little musical ditty aimed at ensuring - or at least maximizing - pedestrian safety in an urban or suburban environment. Because it was music, it was easily remembered, and so became engraved on our brains. I know for a fact that learning and living this ditty enabled more than one of my cohort to avoid serious injury or death.

I wish I could convey the tune via this medium - although I suppose parents can make up their own tunes to teach it. The lyrics went as follows:

Don't cross in the middle, in the middle, in the middle,
In the middle, in the middle, in the middle of the block.
Teach your eyes to look out -
Teach your ears to hear -
Walk down to the corner where the coast is clear.
And wait - and wait - until you see the light turn green.
(repeat first portion)

Posted by: nan_lynn | July 13, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Zachary is from Galveston and would have been in 5th grade next year. I had the pleasure of being his teacher for a short while until we were separated after Hurricane Ike devastated our island. He loved football and will be dearly missed by his teachers and friends at Parker Elementary.

Posted by: Skimmypoo | July 14, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

This is so tragic. Zachary's mother is a dear friend of mine and I have known Zachary since just a baby. My kids loved playing with him and will be devastated to hear his life was ended. I can't imagine the pain in the hearts of all people involved. I will pray for them all. Zachary will be greatly missed. Such an active fun child to be with. We will miss him beyond words.

Posted by: Lyndsayalvarado | July 17, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

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