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Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 03/12/2011

Man in wheelchair struck by car

By Matt Zapotosky

A man in a wheelchair was struck by a car and killed early Saturday morning in a hit-and-run crash in Southeast D.C., authorities said.

The crash occurred just before 4 a.m. in the 5000 block of Benning Road SE, near the intersection with H Street SE, said Officer Hugh Carew, a D.C. police spokesman. He said a man in a wheelchair was struck by a car, and that car fled the scene. The man was transported to a hospital, where he later died, Carew said.

Police are looking for the car involved in the crash -- which Carew described as an older model gray or silver Honda. He said the car was thought to be missing a driver's side headlight and leaking fluids.

Investigators are still working to identify the man who was killed and piece together the exact circumstances of the crash, Carew said. Those with information are asked to call D.C. police at 202-727-9099, or, if they spot the vehicle while it is driving, to call 911, Carew said.

By Matt Zapotosky  | March 12, 2011; 10:52 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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