Washington, D.C. – Another fatal hit-and-run on 14th Street in Columbia Heights. Unfortunately, this time it’s at a market cross-walk at Otis Street, NW.
Dangerous Intersections on 14th Street, Northwest
Development on 14th Street has exploded over the past five years. Sadly, DC DDOT has not kept pace. That’s because other parts of the District of Columbia have received new protected crosswalks. Other possible improvements are better lighting, signage and streetscapes. Unfortunately, 14th Street has been left behind. As you can see, four of the District’s ten most deadly intersections for pedestrians and cyclists are now on 14th Street, between Columbia Heights and U Street.
In the latest tragic incident, the victim, a woman, was crossing in the 3500 block of 14th Street in a marked cross-walk when an SUV struck her and fled the scene, causing fatal injuries. The victim, who has not been identified pending notification of next of kin, was rushed to the hospital by ambulance, but could not be saved. The incident happened at 6:20 am, the beginning of the morning rush hour. Witnesses are urged to call the MPD Anonymous Tip Line (202) 727-9099 with any information.
Let’s hope that the spate of incidents on 14th Street in Columbia Heights will act as a wake-up call for DDOT. Because Mayor Bowser needs prioritize street safety. Prompt action is needed before someone else seriously injured or dies.