“David was 29 years old, He didn’t deserve this; no one does”; MPD Releases Pic of Car Wanted; Fundraiser Planned for Saturday at Lucky Bar

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David Narvaez, 29 years old

“Dear PoPville,

2 weeks ago my friend and coworker was hit by a car as he was crossing the street in DC. The car took off, leaving David in the middle of the road. He was taken to a hospital where he passed away. Police have released some pictures and minimal information about the car/the events of that evening.

David was 29 years old (would have turned 30 this month). He worked with me at Lucky Bar in Washington DC. He was well-liked by both staff and customers. He didn’t deserve this; no one does.

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We are also doing a fundraiser/memorial at Lucky Bar. This is from Lucky Bar’s Facebook page:

“The three soccer supporters’ clubs that call Lucky Bar home will host a joint fundraiser on 9/10. A percentage of bar sales and your generous donations throughout the day will be donated to his hometown chapter of Habitat for Humanity in David’s honor. Come out to join us raise funds for a worthy cause, and to celebrate the life and grieve our loss of a funny, kind, smart, and beloved dude. Doors will open at 7:15.”

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Unit are investigating a traffic fatality that occurred on Friday, August 19, 2016 at approximately 2:40 am.

A pedestrian was crossing the street in the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and M Street, Northwest, when he was struck by a vehicle that was heading southbound on New Hampshire Avenue, Northwest. The driver of the vehicle involved failed to stop and continued driving. The pedestrian was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced.

The decedent has been identified as 29-year-old David Narvaez of Arlington, Virginia.

Detectives are looking for a dark colored vehicle.

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via MPD

This case remains 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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  • My condolences to the family and friends of David. A friend of mine was killed last summer by hit and run. Its terrible.

  • God this is awful. I don’t have words. I’m so sorry for this completely avoidable loss of a precious life. This town has a major problem with how drivers behave toward pedestrians. I don’t know what or how this can change. It is a terrifying thing to have a vehicle bearing down on you , not knowing if it’s going to stop or not, if the driver sees you or not. Even the drivers who stop only do so once they are right up on the pedestrian. Then there are the drivers who don’t stop but only slow down and “ride” the pedestrian as he crosses the street. There are the drivers who SPEED UP to get passed up AS WE ARE ALREADY WALKING. I have been hit (no major damage, thank God) and you don’t forget it. I lost my “pedestrian innocence” so to speak. A year later I’m still terrified of crossing the street. I halt a lot, and more often than not I just stand there because I can’t tell if the driver is going to stop. It is infuriating how drivers treat people on foot. We should not have to be terrified, maimed, or killed because someone can’t wait 20 extra seconds for a human to walk in front of them.

    • I too am terrified of crossing the street. Just 20 mins ago on my lunch break a taxi cab came too close for comfort. If possible, I always make sure to look the driver directly in the eyes. Its sad.

    • I don’t have the words, either. I am so angry to hear about this. I am so sorry to hear about this. My deepest condolences.

      My daughter and I were almost hit a few weeks ago by a driver who was turning to their left but looking straight, in broad day light, with the walk signal. Her Lexus SUV came within a foot of us. All I could do was scream “Oh my god” while trying to put myself between my daughter and I. I wish that I slammed my fist on her car and given her a piece of my mind. But between being shell shocked and wanting to get my daughter across the street. Of course, people are either *(&)(^! entitled, that she probably would have the gall to scream back at me, or unhinged.

    • This is very disheartening and I’m sorry for the OP and David’s friends and family. I feel like this is the FIRST thing you learn in driver’s ed… no matter what, pedestrians ALWAYS have the right of way. I remember one particular driving lesson with my mother.. a pedestrian was a good 500 feet from the car and my mother screams “PEDESTRIAN PEDESTRIAN!!!!” and scares the sh*t out of me.. I’ve been looking out ever since.

      • And that erroneous idea is why people dart out into traffic with no regard for life or limb. I’ve never seen it as much as I have in DC. While it’s unclear here, I suspect that idea leads some drivers to leave the scene of an accident where they aren’t at fault.
        Every driver has to walk at some point. Give the peds the same consideration you’d like to receive; simple as that.

        • If by darting across you’re referring to just illegally crossing the street in the middle of traffic then you’re right. It’s frustrating. But some of us are talking about legal
          Pedestrian crosswalks at a time when we have the right away. The stories I could tell of myself and others I’ve seen. *smh*

          • My most harrowing experience was watching a bus turn a corner at full speed while the woman 15 feet in front of me was (completely legally, in broad daylight) in the crosswalk. I froze and thought to myself “I’m about to see someone die.” Fortunately, she was swift and able-bodied enough to sprint out from in front of the bus and came out unscathed (minus a shoe she lost while running for her life).
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            There was an MPD cruiser a few cars back from the bus, and we waved it down and related that the bus driver had almost mowed her down. The officer took off after the bus, and we walked to the stop (after we recovered her flattened shoe from the middle of the road). By the time we got there, the driver was off the bus talking to the MPD officer, and they both said “he didn’t see her,” like that was some kind of excuse. We both filed complaints with Metro and MPD about the incident.
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            Because I walk and ride buses through this intersection regularly, I can say that the bus drivers are being more careful now, but it shouldn’t take someone almost being flattened to make them be careful. Yes, the crosswalk is a bit obscured from view when turning, but that’s why you proceed slowly and check and check again to make sure you’re not going to kill someone!
            .
            As for people who dart out at random…sure, there are some, but this hasn’t been a big problem for me when I drive around the city. “People throwing themselves in front of oncoming cars, consequences be damned” is not really something I’ve experienced. Drivers failing to yield in marked crosswalks, drivers making rights on red (whether allowed or not by signage) without checking the crosswalk, etc., HAVE been major issues.

          • I was hit by a car when I was 9 years old. I ‘darted’ out according to the driver who struck me, but according to me, I looked both ways, did not see her, and proceeded. According to the many, many witnesses, it was her fault as well. But to have that lady tell it, I darted out. Point being, it’s very easy as a driver to think someone is darting out because perhaps you aren’t paying full attention. If you are looking at your phone, or the person you are in the car with (as was her case – this was before the cell phone era), of course it’s going to seem like someone is darting out because you only notice them when they are in your field of vision, so it seems like they are darting out when in actuality, they aren’t.

    • This is why I’m in favor of every single speed camera and red light camera. Ruthless punishment is the only thing capable of changing the terrible driving culture here.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Lots of valid points here, but drivers who mow down pedestrians and keep going aren’t exactly a random sample of the general driving population. A study I read a while ago put the percent of this very special population who were intoxicated and/or driving on a suspended or revoked license and/or never had a license in the first place well north of half. People who kill other people and then leave the scene are playing by very different rules than the dime-a-dozen impatient drivers who routinely frighten us.

    • I’m visually impaired and I too am terrified. I can’t see more than 2 feet in front of me. I have no depth perception. I tend to hesitate too long bc I can’t tell. I am constantly honked at bc I can’t often see either the walk signal or the actual stop light. You are in your climate controlled car is it that big a deal? What does honking do except scare me?! It drives me crazy when cars pull up into the cross walk to make a right on red. Where would you like me to walk? I was hit about a year ago. Luckily they were stopped and just starting to go and so I’m ok. But I’m scared to death!!!

      • I think the worst ones are the drivers who don’t seem to be slowing at all, so I can’t tell and so I halt, and then they finally stop only feet away from me and wave me along like they’re doing me a favor. Really, that condescending little hand wave when I already have the right of way…

      • It’s crazy that we don’t have auditory signals at most crosswalks here, like most major cities do. It’s a complete shame on DC. I cross several major arteries on a regular basis, and NONE of them have auditory crosswalk signals!
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        I agree with you that the person who is comfortably seated in their climate-controlled box should just chill out. What is 30 extra seconds in those circumstances? But the larger problem is that DC is *very* unfriendly to the visually impaired. I can count on one hand the number of intersections I know of that have auditory signals for crosswalks. That’s shameful. When I’ve traveled with friends to other countries, they have asked about the small path on the sidewalk with raised bumps or the like, and I say “that’s so visually impaired pedestrians can make their way down the sidewalk without assistance.” SO many other countries/cities get this and provide small accommodations, why are we so far behind?

        • And, you know, I assume most of us would be willing to help you. We should have accommodations in place, but since we don’t, I wouldn’t at all be upset if someone tapped me on the shoulder and asked me to let them know when the light changed so they could cross the street safely. I would totally walk with that person across the street to make sure they were safe.

  • I knew Dave and he was a wonderful person. I have nothing else to say except that I really hope they catch whoever was responsible, and if you can’t come to the fundraiser in his name at Lucky Bar, you can also donate to his local chapter of Habitat for Humanity in his honor – the link is here: http://habitatricecounty.org/. This situation is so horribly tragic.

  • FYI: car nerds have identified the car as (most likely) a 2012ish Toyota Corrola

    • Sounds like an Uber, to be honest. I frequently have new(ish) black Corollas as UberX vehicles. Someone should contact Uber to figure out if any drivers match the time/location.

      • I would sincerely hope that an Uber driver, a driver tasked with getting an individual or individuals safely to their destination, wouldn’t hit someone and simply drive away…

      • Agree. It wouldn’t surprise me if it was a recent immigrant with limited English who got freaked out and took off. Some of my recent Uber drivers have barely been able to communicate in English with me. It’s getting really bad.
        Otherwise, it’s probably the obvious – intoxicated driver who knows the penalty is less severe for hit & run than DWI + manslaughter.

        • Let’s totally ignore the fact that you’re using bigotry and limited experience to try and make the case and move on to the fact that David was himself a fluent Spanish speaker who spent time in other countries, including Costa Rica. A very nice man was taken. Please don’t make this about your own prejudice and hatred.

    • Came here to say the same thing. The blue is almost certainly Toyota and the flat rear deck looks like the last generation Corolla.

  • Detective surely have checked all traffic cameras are in proximity

  • I can’t believe that there’s STILL no enforcement of the cell phone ban while driving. Most of the dangerous behavior I see is committed by someone with a cell phone in his or her hand. This is a fixable problem, if we can convince people (through the same means that reduced drunk driving so drastically in the 80s) that they need to put their damn phones down.

    • Zealous enforcement of the cell phone ban; traffic cameras everywhere (as Anon 4:46 urged); and repeal of right turn on red in cities. Right on red has contributed to a culture where cars think they, not pedestrians, have priority.

      DC traffic enforcement is poor to nonexistent. Very few moving violations are ticketed. “Stationary” (i.e., parking) violations, in contrast, are a money-maker for city coffers. Do we need an auxiliary police force dedicated just to traffic?

      • There *used* to be “zealous” enforcement of the cell phone ban in DC. Up to a few years ago, MPD had an officer stationed on 14th Street near my office every day who would wave drivers on their cell phones over and ticket them. I even once had an MPD officer stop and watch me when I was using my cell phone in my car in the passenger seat to make sure I wasn’t going to talk and drive (the power was out…I was just using whatever power was available to me to make a quick phone call…when I ended my call and got out of the car I waved at him and said “just making a call in place!”).

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