Update 2:37 p.m. March 31—The vehicle in this incident was a Volkswagen station wagon, Commander Matthew Klein of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Second District wrote in an e-mail to a community listserv. The case is still under investigation by the Major Crash Investigation Unit, and speeding does not seem to have contributed to the incident.
It is still unclear whether the driver or the pedestrian is at fault, and Klein did not give information about the pedestrian’s condition.
At about 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of M Streets and Wisconsin Avenue. The man was taken away in an ambulance for hospital care and it is unclear at this time what his condition is.
Iris Kim (COL ’12), the cover editor for the Voice, was an eyewitness to the incident. She said that as she was crossing M Street, she saw a vehicle driving north on Wisconsin Avenue strike an older man as he was crossing Wisconsin. The pedestrian flew several feet into the air. When he landed on the ground, he was not moving and had blood coming from his mouth. Later, however, Kim said that the crowd which had gathered around him was repeatedly asking him questions, although she was unsure if he answered.
When the Metropolitan Police Department arrived at the scene, Kim said that a white man in his fifties approached them and identified himself as the driver who had hit the pedestrian. Kim said that as she had the right of way crossing the street, she did not believe that the pedestrian was crossing legally.
Police at the scene would not release any more details about the accident. Vox has left a message with MPD’s communications department. At 10:37 p.m., the intersection of Wisconsin and M Street was still blocked off with officers present at the scene.
Based on information from an MPD officer at the scene, we originally reported on Twitter that a female was struck and killed in this incident. We apologize for the error.