Car Used as Weapon in a Homicide at 14th and Webster St, NW Thurs. Afternoon

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From MPD:

“This afternoon at approximately 3:50 pm an adult male was struck and severely injured by a vehicle on 14th Street at Webster Street. The striking vehicle fled the scene. The vehicle is a Jeep Liberty, maroon in color, and is believed to be a 2003 model year. The license plate number is unknown. The Jeep is missing most of its front grill.”

A subsequent MPD report says:

“The victim who was struck by the vehicle was pronounced. It has been determined the vehicle which struck the victim was done so deliberately therefore this case is being investigated by the Homicide Branch. The investigation into this matter continues and we ask that anyone with information call 1-888-919-CRIME.”

While some news reports state that an altercation took place between a couple of people a reader writes in and says that multiple people were involved including one using a dog as weapon. They also say it is possible the victim was hit twice with the same car. Horrifying situation for any time of day – particularly horrifying at 4pm on a weekday near a children’s park.

Update from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred in the 4400 block of 14th Street, NW.

On Thursday, October 6, 2011, at approximately 3:47 p.m., units from the Fourth District were dispatched to the 4400 block of 14th Street, NW, to investigate the report of a pedestrian that was struck by a vehicle that left the scene. Upon their arrival, they located an adult male lying in the street that was unconscious and unresponsive. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. His remains have been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner pending an autopsy.

The decedent has been identified as 22-year-old Miguel Angel Drullard Jr., of Northwest, DC.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that the striking vehicle may have intentionally struck the pedestrian.The lookout for the involved vehicle in this case is a Jeep Liberty that is red or burgundy in color with extensive front end damage.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099 or
1-888-919-CRIME (1-888-919-2746).”

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  • A pedestrian was also killed on Connecticut Avenue near the zoo yesterday afternoon.

  • andy

    I was going to get off the bus at my regular stop last night at 7:30 and the street was blocked off, so the bus dropped off a block earlier. Surprised, I looked up the hill to see a ton of police tape and flashing lights.

    I imagined a shooting, which is bad enough but this seems scarier in some ways as cars pass all the time – are we supposed to think of them as weapons now? Get in an argument, someone will chase and kill you with their car?

    I don’t want to tell my wife about this, it was right by the house.

    • “think of them as weapons *now*”??

    • Are you afraid she’ll run you over?

    • andy

      Maybe it’s just paranoia. But somebody getting intentionally hit by a car freaks me out and didn’t seem a realistic possibility before.

      • I live at that intersection as well, and the neighborhood buzz yesterday was that it was definitely a targeted and gang-related incident. Sounds like some guys got jumped, and when one of them fled into the street (possibly running from a pitbull) the getaway car ran him down.

        So, as usual, you needn’t be any more scared of cars or guns or pitbulls than you were yesterday. Just don’t join a gang.

  • Animals!

  • So I guess you have to die before the police will press charges for assault?

    The driver caught on camera assaulting a cyclist got away with it, the police are not pressing charges.

    • WTF! how about publicizing that drivers name so we can have some freaking vigilante justice!

      • I want the bikers name that drove into a four way stop without braking and flipped off two the two drivers on Upshur this morning when they had to slam their brakes to avoid hitting him.
        Bikers can be douche bags too, and often are.

    • Don’t blame the police for that one. They investigated, found the guy, and filed the papers. The DA refused to press charges. It’s his decision, not the police.

  • houseintherear

    Oh wow, I got throuh that intersection right as a police car was speeding up yesterday. 🙁 yikes.

  • I wondered what was going on, drive in this area everyday and saw all the police tape, I thought maybe someone was hit by a car or a bus or something, but never though about a murder by car. How completely horrific and senseless. You have to be completely ruthless to run over a person and then do it again.

  • Cue the Maryland drivers posts in 3, 2, 1…

  • I wonder if the involved parties lived near there, and if it was gang-related. There are some unsavory characters on that stretch of 14th St.

    • There are idiots on every block. I seriously doubt it was more than that. Running someone down isn’t the premeditated kinda thing.

  • This happened right down the street from me. One of my neighbors saw the guy who had been hit and said he was still alive but “pretty messed up.” Very upsetting. Apparently the perps fled into Upshur Park and up into those woods. I was told the guy who was hit ran into the street after having a pit bull sicced (sp?) on him.

  • I hope the perps burn in hell…and while we’re at it, I hope the perps burn here too. If they’re found, I have no problem lighting the fire.

  • Who said the dog was a pitbull?

    • I heard all this second hand from my neighbors. Fortunately, I didn’t get home till 9, but the news trucks were there and Channel 7 did a live shot from that corner at 11. My neighbor recounted the story pretty much as everyone here stated: gang fight, guy sics (how do you spell that?) pit bull on the other guy who flees into the street and is hit and dies later.

  • Im sure this was gang related. Ive taken my child to the playground and seen little hoodlums hanging around there. Sad that they would kill someone over a fight. What happened to just taken a fight and leaving it as it. Instead they result to killing. im sure someone out there saw way more to atleast give more info.

    • Miguel was a neighbor, a good kid, and great family member. I called him a friend.

      I will remember him fondly and hope the police track down his killer.

      And I hope people will look beyond a statistic — young hispanic male — and consider him as an individual who has a life that was worth something. Trust me when I said the niece he drove to school every morning – and won’t ever again – and his grandma think that.

      And so do I. But, even if I didn’t, I know so because I watched friends and family from all over the world mourn all weekend long when hundreds of people came through his house.

      And, Angry, I hope you’ll go beyond your generalization and consider that maybe, just maybe, that he didn’t deserve this and it is a tragedy. And writing it off to “gang members” trivilizes a lost life.

  • Soup, he sure didn’t deserve it. He was my friend. I’m saying I’ve been in the area I can clearly see who the bad ones in the neighborhood are. He was a good guy & I’ve seen the pain that has come from it. I hope to god that find out who did this. He deserves justice. I hope someone steps up & gives it to him. My message may have come off diff but I’m saying I know some ignorant group of people did this. & they will pay for this some way some how. Hopefully soon. My friend didn’t deserve this

  • Sorry, Angry. XO.

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