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Woman gravely hurt in Dupont hit-and-run

updated 7:13 a.m.
D.C. police are searching for the driver of a car that struck a woman on Connecticut Avenue NW overnight, then left the scene of the collision.

WUSA-TV (Channel 9) said the woman, who was struck about 1:30 a.m., was in critical condition. The woman was exiting her parked car in the 1300 block of Connecticut Avenue when she was struck by an SUV that was passing her vehicle and kept going, WRC-TV (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.

A person on a bicycle followed the SUV long enough to note the license plate of the vehicle, and passed the information on to police, WRC said. The television station reported that police tracked the vehicle to a high-rise apartment building in Chevy Chase, and investigators were seeking to speak with the owner of the vehicle.

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
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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

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