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Posted at 9:15 PM ET, 01/18/2011

Boy, 15, fatally struck in Landover area

By Clarence Williams

A teenage boy was fatally struck by a SUV Tuesday night in the Landover area as he and two friends were running across the street, against a traffic signal, Prince George's County police said.

Authorities who were called to the intersection of Landover Road and Dodge Park Road about 7 p.m. found a 15-year-old, said Cpl. Henry Tippett, a spokesman. The teen, whose name was not released, was taken to Prince George's Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

According to the preliminary investigation, police think the 15-year-old and two friends were running across a crosswalk as the "Don't Walk" signal flashed, and the boy was struck by a Ford Expedition.

The driver stayed at the scene, Tippett said. No other injuries were reported.

By Clarence Williams  | January 18, 2011; 9:15 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Typically, a "Don't walk" signal is flashing at the end of its cycle, warning pedestrians not to enter the intersection. The flashing occurs while crossing traffic still has a red light. If the signal was flashing, then crossing motor vehicle traffic would have a red light. If the signal was solid, the cross light would have been green. I hope that "preliminary" investigation doesn't end there. If the motorist was breaking for what should have been a red light, the vehicle would have slowed down to under 35 mph at least, and chances of survival for the boy would have more than doubled. I have no way of knowing if that is what happened, but the article warrants the question. Tragic loss of life.

Posted by: MAlvino | January 19, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

This particular part of Landover Road and Dodge Park Road is an area where kids play in the street against the traffic for no reason. The "Don't Walk" signal does not mean anything to many pedestrians. Kids need something better to do than play "chicken" with on-coming traffic on a major street. Be Smart Be Safe!

Posted by: mnielsen1869 | January 19, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

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