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Posted at 11:43 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

2 pedestrians struck in NW D.C.

By Clarence Williams


D.C. police are investigating two separate pedestrian-involved accidents in Northwest Washington late Wednesday night. In the first, a man was hit by a Metro bus. About an hour later, a person was hit by a taxicab.

In the first incident, a Metrobus struck a man at the intersection of 16th Street and Spring Place in the Columbia Heights area just after 10 p.m. said Officer Paul Metcalf, a police spokesman.

The Metro bus was not carrying any passengers and was on its way to Federal Triangle at the time of the accident, said Steven Taubenkibel, a spokesman. According to Metro's preliminary account, the man ran in the path of the bus, he said.

The man's injuries were describe as non-life-threatening, Taubenkibel said.

Shortly before 11 p.m., police were called to Harvard Street and Columbia Road, in the Adams Morgan area, for the report of another pedestrian struck. The two accidents were less than a mile apart. In the second case, a taxi struck a pedestrian; no other details were available.

Police are investigating both incidents.

By Clarence Williams  | December 1, 2010; 11:43 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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Comments

This is awful. And what's the fate of the two children reportedly struck by cars in separate incidents earlier in the week? Reporters, please follow up on these stories!

Posted by: dcintheworld | December 2, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Columbia Hypes land profiteers can call and complain and get my post taken down again like they did yesterday because I dared to tell the truth but...That will not change reality, Columbia Hypes is the most dangerous neighborhood in the city!

Posted by: SoCali | December 2, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Where is Columbia Hypes?

Posted by: ctree | December 2, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

As long as pedestrians continue to cross mid block and against the traffic lights, they will continue to be hit by cars and busses. The red hand either solid or blinkng means "DO NOT CROSS". It is ridiculous when only 1 or 2 cars get through an intersection because pedestrians continue to walk across.

Posted by: katesgram | December 2, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

As long as pedestrians continue to cross mid block and against the traffic lights, they will continue to be hit by cars and busses. The red hand either solid or blinkng means "DO NOT CROSS". It is ridiculous when only 1 or 2 cars get through an intersection because pedestrians continue to walk across.

Posted by: katesgram | December 2, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Pedestrians cause a lot of their own troubles when crossing streets in DC, but I can say without pause that there are no worse drivers in the city than cab and bus drivers. The biggest scofflaws of all!

Posted by: skinswitabullet | December 2, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

As long as pedestrians continue to cross mid block and against the traffic lights, they will continue to be hit by cars and busses. The red hand either solid or blinkng means "DO NOT CROSS". It is ridiculous when only 1 or 2 cars get through an intersection because pedestrians continue to walk across.

Posted by: katesgram | December 2, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

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You're right. If the red hand is blinking or solid, you should not begin to cross the street.

However, I am frequently honked at (and have been nearly hit on several occasions) by drivers who would like to turn right on red while I cross with a white "walk" symbol showing. This is unacceptable. And while I understand your frustration that only one or two cars can get through, pedestrians have the right-of-way when that white symbol is showing (or if the red hand began blinking after they began to cross), which means that they are not obligated to let drivers turn right on red across their path.

Get over it! Neither drivers nor pedestrians should take all of the blame.

Posted by: georgetownred | December 2, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

katesgram - No, it is ridiculous that there are so many vehicles in the District when public transportation is so accessible. DC should be a pedestrian friendly city. One can not get a good walking workout without having to stop at every other light. Seriously, vehicles other than buses and emergency vehicles should be banned in the downtown area.

Posted by: CalmTruth | December 2, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

CalmTruth

Move back to where you came from and stop wishing for everything to change to your liking. DC is what it is, Just like NYC. Its not going to change to accommodate you. If you dont like it, dont live here. Move some place where there are no buses and traffic lights. Stop being a whiney wuss.

Posted by: ged0386 | December 2, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

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