Woman Hit and Killed by Box Truck Yesterday Morning by Barracks Row


From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Unit are investigating a traffic fatality which occurred in the 800 Block of I Street, SE.

On Thursday, November 7, 2013 at approximately 10:00 am, a pedestrian was walking eastbound on I Street when she entered the roadway attempting to cross the street in a northbound direction. The pedestrian was struck by a 2014 Freightliner box truck that was traveling westbound, causing the pedestrian massive blunt force trauma. The adult female succumbed to the injuries she received in the collision and was subsequently pronounced dead by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The decedent has been identified as 44 year-old Julie Phillips of Alexandria, Virginia.

This case is currently under investigation.

The Metropolitan Police Department is asking anyone with information about this case to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

18 Comment

  • gotryit

    Very sad, but I think you got the location wrong. Wasn’t this by barracks row – SE rather than NW?

  • While this is nowhere near the most dangerous intersection around there, in my opinion, it’s still pretty bad because vehicles race down I Street to get to the highways.

  • So terrible. Thought with the woman’s family in a time like this.

    That stretch of I street from 11th to 3rd is basically an 8 block on-ramp for the freeway and drivers have no problems driving at excessive speed.

    • It’s gotten better since they opened the ramp at 11th. Now it’s more like 8th to 3rd.

    • the new 11th ramp helps, but some of this is ingrained as a perceived shortcut, especially at peak times when the SE freeway is backup (not sure if 10 am qualifies)

  • Serious jail time for this a@@hole driver!

    • Have you seen other reports with more information? The only reports I saw have no more information than this MPD report, which doesn’t give any indication about circumstances so it’s hard to know if the driver was at fault or not.

      • From the materials this sounds like a horrible accident. However, the press release says the pedestrian “entered the roadway,” which may indicate the woman was jaywalking into oncoming traffic. As others have noted, drivers do routinely speed on this section of I Street, but let’s not pull out the pitchforks just yet. Clearly this is a a tragic accident and all the facts need to be investigated.

      • whats the speed limit there? Even if she jaywalked (she will never be able to testify) the driver had to be going at a clip to kill a healthy 44YO, or it was terrible luck. Fatalities are much less frequent in lower speed collisions.

    • This was not the truck driver’s fault. I witnessed the accident.

      • so what happened?

      • So sorry you had to see that. 🙁 Any more light you can shed on this accident would be appreciated!

      • I don’t want to speculate since there’s no way to know this woman’s intentions or mental state. Also I may have to testify about this so I’ll just state the facts. The truck was not moving at a high rate of speed – the light had just turned green, so they were going no more than 15-20 mph. The woman waited until the light turned green to try to cross (the driver could not have seen her) and was struck and run over by the rear tires. A very disturbing thing to see, but being a witness to this, it would be wrong if the driver were to lose his job/license due to something over which he had no control.

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