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“Detectives with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Investigations Unit and the United States Park Police Criminal Investigations Division are investigating a traffic fatality involving a single vehicle and a pedestrian that occurred on Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at the intersection of Minnesota Avenue and L’Enfant Square, Southeast.
At approximately 4:17 am, a silver colored SUV was traveling southwest on Minnesota Avenue, Southeast. The vehicle failed to negotiate a turn and left the roadway. The vehicle struck a pedestrian who was on a sidewalk inside of a park area. The vehicle’s occupants fled the scene and the striking vehicle remained on the scene.
DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead.
The decedent has been identified as 32 year-old Loleita Patricia Gross, of Southeast, DC.
This case remains under investigation.
Anyone who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE at 50411.”