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Posted at 5:55 AM ET, 10/ 7/2010

Woman dead in Dupont hit-and-run

By Debbi Wilgoren

updated 7:39 a.m.
A woman struck by a black Lexus SUV in a hit-and-run near Dupont Circle overnight has died of her injuries, D.C. police said.

Officer Istmania Bonilla, a police spokeswoman, said the victim had parked her car in the 1300 block of Connecticut Avenue at about 1:30 a.m. and was exiting the vehicle when she was hit by the SUV.

As of 7:30 a.m., Bonilla said, police had located an SUV that they believed was involved in the crash. WRC-TV (Channel 4) reported that a person on a bicycle pursued the SUV long enough to note its license plate, and passed the information on to police. The vehicle police were investigating was tracked to a high-rise apartment building in Chevy Chase, Channel 4 reported.

The collision was in the outer, northbound lane of Connecticut Avenue, parallel to the underpass where the central lanes of Connecticut dip below Dupont Circle.

As of 9:00 a.m., all Dupont Circle lanes were open, according to the D.C. Department of Transportation.

As of 7 a.m., the northbound lane of Connecticut Avenue outside and south of the Dupont Circle underpass was closed to traffic because of the police investigation. The Connecticut Avenue underpass and the outer southbound lane remained open for the morning commute.

By Debbi Wilgoren  | October 7, 2010; 5:55 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Traffic and Transportation  
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Comments

The person on the bike is the Washington Post person of the week!

Posted by: bobby20 | October 7, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

I've read elsewhere that the victim has died. This is really sad. Mad props to the cyclist for tracking down the car.

Posted by: AutumnBanter | October 7, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Chevy Chase eh. I guess they called their lawyer, a "Michael Clayton" like character, and took his advice to surrender after their alcohol content subsides and then claim he/she did not notice plowing into that woman.

Posted by: johng1 | October 7, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Person on bike a hero. Thank u from a grateful city.

Posted by: urban-anthro | October 7, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

I really appreciate the brave biker who followed the person who tried to escape after causing an accident. Police has to reward this man and he is an inspiartion to others. God bless him.

Posted by: dandew3 | October 7, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, bicyclist, for going out of your way to do a good deed. So few people do anything like that anymore. I hope whoever hit the woman suffers the appropriate consequences.

Posted by: jennyontherock | October 7, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

just the fact that the driver was in a lexus SUV should tell you something about their character

Posted by: slim4 | October 7, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Mad props to the bicyclist who showed both bravery and civic responsibility in this unfortunate incident.

Posted by: mac4700 | October 7, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Mad props to the bicyclist who showed both bravery and civic responsibility in this unfortunate incident.

Posted by: mac4700 | October 7, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Ah yes a Montgomery County resident in a fancy vehicle above the law. Nothing new here folks

Posted by: ridingcrops | October 7, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

As a cyclist, I've always found that ramp to be an incredibly tight squeeze. Not to say the driver wasn't in the wrong here, but I wonder if this accident will lead to the removal of those parallel parking spots. Is it really worth the five or six additional spots?

Posted by: Dangle_G | October 7, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Sad the lady was killed and thank goodness for the cyclist. I don't want to defend the driver who struck the lady because not stopping is reprehensible, but I do want to say that people need to take more care getting out of their cars when parked on busy streets. I've had several close encounters navigating DC streets during my commute to work. The driver of the moving car is not expecting a door to suddenly pop open. Its also just plain dumb to get out of parked car without looking for oncoming traffic first. Even when traveling at low speeds, there is often not enough time or distance to react.

Posted by: JLSfromROC | October 7, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

I think Lexus SUVs must have bad sightlines or something, because I've been nearly clipped by several of them. Want to bet the driver was also on the phone?

Posted by: blankspace | October 7, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if the biker stopped to attend to the lady?

Posted by: netwitone | October 7, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

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