Two Pedestrians Struck This Morning, One on Capitol Hill and One Downtown

“Dear PoPville,

A pedestrian was struck outside my office this morning – adjacent to the Hart Building. I did not see it happen. The car (and driver) that struck her was there with a visible dent in the front left bumper, though I cannot confirm that this was from the accident. Police were immediately on the scene and an ambulance shortly thereafter. She was not moving. This intersection can be pretty chaotic in the morning and the Capitol Police do their best to keep traffic flowing. I wanted to check with the community to see if there is an update on her condition. Those who saw it happen and those passing by were very visibly and understandably shaken up, as am I. I hope she will be ok.”

@dcfireems tweeted:

“Pedestrian Struck – 2nd St. NE and Maryland Ave. NE – Units on scene.”

and another reader sent word around 9am:

“Heads up: police have blocked off E St NW between 10th and 11th streets.”

@dcfireems tweeted:

“Pedestrian Struck – 1000 block of E St. NW – Units enroute.”

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  • It was a biker on E between 10th and 11th (biker and a bus). I didn’t see the accident itself, but it looked like it was the bus’s fault because the biker (who was still laying on the road – I assume the cop told her to stay down until an ambulance arrived) was hit in the bike lane by the front part of the bus (right by the front door – guessing the bus moved over to make a right on 11th)

  • This makes me so angry. I walked through the 2nd and Maryland intersection for years, and often found it a mess for pedestrians. People jamming the box, running lights and — worst — proceeding east on Constitution. There’s a crosswalk without a signal there. I once had a car stop while I was crossing (in the cross work) then rev his engine and make a run at me. I started yelling of course.

    And this is what pisses me off. In that incident and so many others the Capitol Police WHO ARE ALWAYS AT THE INTERSECTION. Did nothing. Nothing.

    The only thing I ever saw them do was (once) force someone who was blocking the box to turn on Constitution when they didn’t want to.

    I feel like this poor woman might not have been hit if they did more.

    • msmaryedith

      I stood there the other night for several minutes, trying to inch forward in the crosswalk on Constitution. Cars just kept flying by and one even honked at me as I started to inch forward. They totally think they have the right of way, even when you’re in the designated crosswalk.

    • yes!
      i live close by so i am always jogging, walking, or biking that intersection and it is terrible each time
      esp if you are crossing const. right there as drivers almost dare you to enter the crosswalk

    • I agree that Capitol Police just stand there and do nothing, which is a damn shame! That intersection is a nightmare!

      • not to excuse their lack of responsiveness, but they are located there to guard the Capitol and Senate buildings against an attack, not be traffic cops. I don’t think they are allowed to deal with traffic infractions, as that would be a fairly easy way to distract them if you wanted to get something dangerous through the security perimeter.

    • Does that crosswalk have one of those “DC Law: Yield to Pedestrians in Crosswalk” signs anchored in the middle of the road? I had a similar issue (including several very close calls with speeding cars) at an uncontrolled crosswalk near my office a few years ago, and I sent a request to the DDOT to install one of those signs. Within a few weeks one was set up, and it made a huge difference in how drivers behaved.

      • msmaryedith

        No, it doesn’t, and it should. I hadn’t actually been there during rush hour before, but after experiencing that the other night, I think I will follow your advice!

        • I’ve never compared an intersection before and after those signs go up, but I’ve rarely found them to be useful (other than to point up to angrily when a driver honks at me for crossing an intersection at which they think they don’t need to stop). Unless I literally step into oncoming traffic, drivers never stop at the one near the Eastern Mkt metro or at 5th and Independence SE, and forget about the ones near the Jefferson/Tidal Basin. Cars zoom by so fast, I’d be roadkill before they even notice there’s a sign. Glad to hear they at least make a marginal difference though.

          • gotryit

            The signs can actually be very effective. Here’s how:
            1. Remove the sign from the post on the side of the road.
            2. Attach the sign to a 2×4 / broom stick, whatever you have.
            3. Hold the sign out several feet in front of you until cars stop.
            4. Cheerily cross the road. Bonus points for tap dancing in rhythm with the honks.

    • There’s a crosswalk across Const at the MD/Const/2nd intersection? That’s insane — so many cars continue down Constitution, why would you try to cross when cars have a green down Constitution?

    • the capitol police have their job to do and this is not it.
      doubtful it will change.

  • i was hit by a car in that intersection ( i ride a motorcycle). the police did nothing. granted, i quickly hopped back on the bike (which sustained minimal damage) and chased the CITY EMPLOYEE in a DC GOV CAR, because she fled the scene.

    that area just gives me bad juju….

  • Was this where Constitution veers right (when going east) or where the sidewalk is closed for never ending Supreme Court construction and Maryland merges on the south side of Constitution, next to the Supreme Court? If the former, yes, huge intersection, cars coming from everywhere. If the latter, I hope they don’t tamp down and make people walk on the other side of the street. It shaves off a considerable amount of time on my morning walk to work toward the House side. I’m always super careful to wait until cars have passed before walking alongside the police car that’s stationed there before I can get back along the fence and a considerable distance from traffic, but not everyone is and they get really close to passing cars.

  • Grrr. Just today at K and 18th, as I was crossing in a crosswalk with a green light, some jerk in an SUV turns left AROUND waiting cars and speeds into the crosswalk and nearly ran over me. After he screeches to a stop about an inch in front of me, he has the nerve to wave at me and then drive on, like that made it fine. This has happened to me way too many times and with increasing frequency, the drivers in this city need to effing slow down and follow the law

  • I HATE the “wave-on”. It is almost like ‘I deem it for you to cross here safely you lowly pleb!’. I just toss up the bird and maybe whatever is hiding in the back of my throat at that moment.

  • I once had a MPD officer fail to stop for me at a crosswalk while walking my dog, I had to jump back on the curb. She too waved as if that made it ok. In general I find DC police don’t follow DC law and stop for pedestrians (and I’m not talking about in emergencies)

    • I was driving in front of a cop the other day and slowed to stop at a crosswalk for a pedestrian who was crossing. The cop was going to turn right just past the crosswalk, so whipped around me on the right, and then had to slam on his brakes when he saw that I was stopping for a pedestrian.

      I do the wave when I stop to let someone cross. The reason I do it is that I see so few other cars stopping for pedestrians, I don’t think it is assumed that I will. I use the wave as a way of saying “I may get rear ended, but I AM stopping for you.”

      Sorry that it pisses so many of you off. I may go with the finger from now on!

      • Anonymous, I think they’re talking about the people who almost run into you and then “apologize” by waving their hand as though, well, aren’t you lucky I’m not mowing you down.

        Drivers who yield and wave me through get a responsive wave.

        That intersection is horrible, as Third St NE and Maryland. Cars going north on Third hurry through that intersection since there is no four-way stop. And they definitely don’t look for pedestrians.

        Any dog-leg intersection is fraught with peril, but the Constitution near Second NE, the Maryland/D/Seventh NE and Independence near Seventh SE are the absolute worst.

        • Yeah, that’s the type of wave that Jenn mentioned. I was more referencing what AtlasCesar said, but was already responding to Jenn’s comment about the police.

      • just flash your high beams.

    • Several years ago in Adams Morgan I was waiting at a crosswalk as car after car came through, ignoring me. I saw a cop car and thought to myself, “Great! Finally someone who will yield me my right of way!” and started walking.
      When I reached the other side, the cop yelled something out of the window — I don’t remember what — to reprimand me. I was dumbfounded and yelled back, “But it’s a CROSSWALK!”

      • the police hate us as much as retail store workers hate shoppers.
        imagine if police had quotas for how many people they had to help!

  • This is sad news, although I have to say I am not surprised. At the March 2013 community meeting on the Maryland Ave NE redesign project I inquired if the Maryland Ave study area could include this portion of Maryland Ave (through the 100 block of Maryland NE by Supreme Court) as the traffic has become especially horrendous and dangerous around this Maryland/Constitution/2nd intersection and can back up traffic on Maryland to easily the 600 block and back to the 1100 block NE on really bad days. The response was traffic flow on all sides of the Supreme Court (especially 2nd Street) is problematic at this point. Some of the recent traffic problems stem from the change to one-way of Maryland Ave next to the Supreme Court for post-9/11 security measures (but especially the cabs that block traffic and lanes in front of Hart building to let folks off/pick up passengers during the morning rush). While very unfortunate, I hope the incident today can be the impetus needed for the city (and Capitol Police) to work together to devise a way to improve traffic flow through this intersection for the safety of pedestrians and all others who travel it.

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