Police have made progress in determining what caused a horrifying June 19 crash that involved a sport-utility vehicle injuring three pedestrians and two people in a delivery truck.
The accident, which happened at approximately 8 a.m. and shut down traffic near Union Station for several hours, occurred at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, North Capital and F Streets. The SUV, which was driven by an unnamed 29-year-old man from Northeast Washington, was stopped at a stop light and leapt forward as the light turned green.
The SUV went over a median and hit a delivery truck on F Street, injuring both men inside the truck. Two women, who were standing on the median waiting to cross the street in the crosswalk, were hit by the SUV. One woman, 32-year-old Margarita Almonacid, was released from MedStar Washington Hospital Center the day after the crash. Her mother, Maria Consuelo Rojas, 69, was admitted to the hospital with life threatening injuries. Rojas remains hospitalized, but her condition has been upgraded to “good.”
A third pedestrian was also struck as she crossed F Street, but her condition remains unknown. Rojas’ son describes the driver’s head as being down, as though he was sleeping. A 10-page police report released recently reveals that the driver may have suffered a medical emergency that caused him to crash the vehicle. The driver declined to comment to the media, and his attorney has yet to respond to questions.
The Washington, D.C. pedestrian accident attorneys at Lewis & Tompkins send their best wishes to all victims of this accident, and wish all involved a speedy recovery.