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Posted at 1:31 AM ET, 02/28/2011

Officer struck after hit-run near Key Bridge

By Martin Weil and Debbi Wilgoren

A D.C. police officer was hit by a car and seriously injured early Monday while investigating a deadly hit-and-run collision at the Key Bridge, police said.

The officer was reported in stable condition at a local hospital. Parts of Key Bridge were closed in both directions overnight, but all lanes appeared to be open by 5:30 a.m.

Police told WRC-TV (Channel 4) that the officer was investigating a hit-and-run accident that occurred shortly before midnight. A man walking a moped across the bridge was struck by an SUV and fatally injured, the television station reported. The driver of the SUV drove off, but was later apprehended on Interstate 270.

While the police officer was investigating the accident, he was struck by a Honda, police told WRC. The Honda remained on the scene.

By Martin Weil and Debbi Wilgoren  | February 28, 2011; 1:31 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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wow. another arrogant (dangerous) suv driver. i wonder what they were doing? texting? talking on the phone? drinking? drugging? all four? scum

Posted by: slick3 | February 28, 2011 8:18 AM | Report abuse

It makes me wonder how do a lot of these people pass the drivers exam?

Well, I guess it's just another moron behind the wheel again...tsss

I've lived here in the metro d.c. area for most of my 40 something years and I can remember it being pretty much safe to drive and even ride a motorcycle back in the day.

But oh noooo, I wouldn't even consider the thought of riding a bike let alone a motorcycle again because there's too many of these jerks driving now and the roads are def unsafe.

I had to buy a new corvette just to rid a bunch of these jerks off of my a$$ because a lot of them like to ride up on your bumper and lack the true skills of a good driver. Now the car seems to intimidate a majority of these morons and I just can't quite figure out why.

I don't believe in that tooth for a tooth mentality. But I will let folks like this make a fool of themselves and laugh at them at the same time.

Somebody needs to pray for these lost souls out here because it's getting really ridiculous.

Posted by: dabmeister | February 28, 2011 9:15 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad they caught the SUV driver. There's no excuse for hit and run drivers, none at all. Leaving someone you hit to die in the roadway is the lowest.

Posted by: krickey7 | February 28, 2011 9:38 AM | Report abuse

It's too easy to pass the driver's exam. That's the real problem. If you can drive around the block without crashing, you pass. Once my licence expired so I had to take the test from the ground up. I was amazed that the written and road portions of the test in VA were a joke. Combine that with cell phone use while driving and you get roadway Russian roulette. Was almost t-boned this weekend by such a driver this weekend as he blowed through a stop sign. The test needs to tougher and people need to be retested every 5 to 10 years at their expense.

Posted by: holminator1 | February 28, 2011 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Was the guy walking his moped across the bridge in a car travel lane? I mean, WTF?

Posted by: Nemo24601 | February 28, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse

SUVs take longer to stop and cause more damage. Potholes, speed-bumps are minor inconveniences to these tanks. Cops have trouble catching these elevated tinted vehicles on HOV.

Posted by: jercha | February 28, 2011 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Why does everyone assume the victim is male?

He/she could have been crossing that part where cars turn right onto the ramp to go downtown.

Posted by: kt76 | February 28, 2011 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Never mind. The victim was male, per NBC Washington.

Posted by: kt76 | February 28, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Slick3 most likely drives a prius and loiters in the left lane at 5 mph under while not moving over for anyone. The prius prob has multiple pro Obama and/or anit-Bush, anti-war bumper stickers. On the inside you will find an iPod fully loaded with U2 and Paul McCartney and a Harry Potter book on the front seat.

I hope for a speedy recovery for the officer.

Posted by: blank08 | February 28, 2011 11:12 AM | Report abuse

So many of these hit and run get off anyway. I know of one that made an illegal uturn, caused a serious accident with injuries and left the scene. She was followed to a bar and police arrived in less than ten minutes and she was already falling down drunk. With numerous witnesses that IDed her she was taken to the parking lot for 15 minutes with the Virginia cops and after a little service work she was let go. The cops said that there was nothing they could do even with the witnesses that had followed her and pointed her out. I guess in Va being a female and willing to do "anything" is a good way to get off or get the cops off.

Posted by: ridingcrops | February 28, 2011 7:30 PM | Report abuse

to "Blank08" -- you are indeed "blank." Try reading an article before you comment. No, the second driver was not in a Prius, an environmentally-friendly vehicle which you apparently despise because you associate it with anything that is pro-Obama, anti-Bush, etc. etc. Lose the political BS and get a life. Try commenting on the story without adding your personal bias. If you had read it, you would realize the second driver was in a Honda. Now, what do you have to say about Japanese people/cars? Wait, we don't want to hear it.

We should all be keeping that poor young man's family and friends in our prayers, and also the police officer who was struck, hopefully to make a full recovery.

Posted by: Liz22 | March 1, 2011 8:27 AM | Report abuse

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