Hit and Run Traffic Fatality on Georgia Ave early Sunday Morning

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Unit are investigating a hit and run that resulted in a traffic fatality which occurred in the 2700 block of Georgia Avenue, NW.

On Sunday, September 14, 2014, at approximately 3:17 am, a pedestrian was crossing the street in the 2700 block of Georgia Avenue, NW when he was struck by a vehicle that was traveling northbound on Georgia Avenue, NW. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The striking vehicle was last seen fleeing westbound on Girard Street from Georgia Avenue, NW and is described as a dark colored four door vehicle, possibly a Chrysler product, with stock chrome wheels having noticeable damage on the driver’s side.

The decedent has been identified as 26 year-old Bareket Haile of Northeast, Washington, DC.

This crash 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.”

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  • It is nearly impossible to see pedestrians in that stretch of Georgia. Rate of travel is high and there are lots of uncontrolled crosswalks.

    I’m glad I don’t have to drive/walk there as much as I once did.

    • It is actually possible if you drive at or below the speed limit, and slow by crosswalks with no traffic sign / signal to check for pedestrians.

      • And I always did, but that made me the (very dangerous) exception to the rule in that stretch. I lost a side mirror a bit north of there stopping for a pedestrian in a crosswalk. The guy who swerved out around me missed the crosser but took my mirror.

      • 1. There is a speed camera in that area that did nothing to prevent this incident.

        2. Cops are frequently posted there, and often use commissioned jaywalkers to create crossing/ticketable offenses.

        3. There are several crosswalks in close proximity to each other, yet most pedestrians don’t cross within them in that area.

        4. The timing of the lights is not conducive to good traffic flow, and backups happen in that area constantly.

        5. People use spaces on the shoulder of Georgia Avenue to jump lines in traffic and at intersections frequently.

  • brookland_rez

    It’s tragic but not surprising. People drive way too fast on GA Ave. I see pedestrians in dark clothing crossing in the middle of the blocks not looking all the time. I don’t know if any of this applies in this accident, but if it did, I wouldn’t be surprised.

  • I feel like alcohol has to be invloved. At 3am there isn’t going to be hardly any traffic so the chance of getting hit would have to be increased due to some impairment. Either the ped was drunk or the driver.

    • That’s a good point, no one ever mentions the record of whether or not the pedestrian was drinking (not making commentary on this case by that though). They always tell you if the driver was… RIP to the victim, it’s extremely unfortunate.

      • It’s not illegal to be walking under the influence — I think it would have to rise to the level of “public intoxication” or being “drunk and disorderly” — whereas it IS illegal to be driving under the influence.

  • The crosswalks without lights on Georgia are just flat out dangerous. I don’t use them.

    • I’m having trouble remembering the exact sequence of stoplights, non-signaled crosswalks, etc. in that stretch. I know there’s a light at Euclid and Georgia, and another light at Harvard and Georgia, and I think there’s one somewhere in between — maybe Fairmont?
      But I agree that there are a bunch of non-signaled crosswalks on Georgia that are potentially dangerous. I know there are several in the stretch further north (maybe between Otis and Kenyon?) that are really short distances from stoplights. It seems risky to have stoplights and unsignaled crosswalks so close to each other, particularly given the level of jaywalking on Georgia Avenue — sometimes I have to remind myself, “Oh wait, this is actually a crosswalk, not people just walking against the light AGAIN.”
      (I think jaywalking on Georgia Avenue has decreased in the past few years, but I used to think of it as “the jaywalkingest street in D.C.)

      • In that area, Harvard and Fairmont have one, Gresham and Girard don’t. Agree about the level of jaywalking. Combine that with the terrible driving (I think I read somewhere that 70% of drivers fail to yield to peds there) and you have a bad mix. It sucks to bike on Georgia, too.

        In the bright side, while I was double checking my facts, I noticed that the google street imagery in my neighborhood was all updated in May 2014. My hanging baskets were in full bloom!

        • JCM — OMG, you’re right (about Google StreetView)! They must have taken the photos a while ago but uploaded them to StreetView only fairly recently.
          The last Google StreetView pics of my house were from a couple of years ago when the yard looked really bare. (I planted a bunch of things last summer and this spring.) Recently, I had actually been trying to make the yard look extra-nice (like putting the hose out of sight), just in case the Google StreetView car (truck?) came by. 🙂
          Hah, I see Google StreetView also captured my slacker neighbor’s 2-foot-high weeds!

    • There are a lot of poorly delineated crosswalks in DC. What’s the point of having crosswalks without lights, clear signage in the middle of the street (instead of just off to the side), etc.? It seems that all they do is just paint some white stripes on the street and call it a day. Most drivers don’t even bother slowing down.

  • Sad, but hopefully now GA Ave will get some serious traffic calming measures. There’s much to do.

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