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A pedestrian in a wheelchair was struck and killed in a hit-and-run accident in Prince George’s County, Maryland on Monday. The accident occurred at St. Barnabas Road and Wheeler Road in Oxon Hill.
Details of the Accident
According to NBC Washington, the victim was crossing the street in a crosswalk when they were struck by a vehicle. The driver of the car fled the scene and has not yet been apprehended.
The victim was identified as a 62-year-old man who used a wheelchair. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Response from Officials
Prince George’s County Police are investigating the accident and are asking anyone with information to come forward. They are also asking the driver of the vehicle to turn themselves in.
In a statement, Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks expressed her condolences to the victim’s family and called for justice. She also urged drivers to be more cautious on the roads and aware of pedestrians, especially those with disabilities.
Pedestrian Safety in Maryland
Pedestrian safety has been a concern in Maryland in recent years, with a growing number of pedestrian fatalities in the state. According to The Baltimore Sun, pedestrian fatalities in Maryland increased by 18% in 2020, with a total of 134 deaths.
Maryland officials have been working to improve pedestrian safety in the state with initiatives such as the Maryland Strategic Highway Safety Plan, which aims to reduce the number of pedestrian fatalities and injuries on Maryland’s roadways.
The hit-and-run accident in Prince George’s County is a tragic reminder of the importance of pedestrian safety. Maryland officials are urging drivers to be more cautious on the roads and aware of pedestrians, especially those with disabilities. The incident is still under investigation, and authorities are asking anyone with information to come forward.
Police are asking anyone with information to call the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit at 301-731-4422. Anonymous tipsters can call 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com.