A pedestrian has died after being struck by a car Sunday as the result of a crash in Historic Anacostia. Authorities say 31-year-old Bronx, New York resident Abdul Seck was walking in the 2100 block of 16th Street SE around 3 p.m. when he was hit by a redirected car that had been rammed by another car “traveling at a high rate of speed.” Five other people were hurt.
Seck was taken to an area hospital and died after all life-saving efforts failed, D.C. police say. They arrested Southeast resident Dejuan Andre Marshall, 21, and charged him with second-degree murder. According to a release from the Metropolitan Police Department, Marshall was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Cruz westbound and collided with a 2014 Chevrolet Malibu at the intersection of 16th and V streets SE. The collision caused the latter car to run into Seck.
Officials with D.C.’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department shared photos of the crash’s aftermath on Twitter, saying one of the cars rolled over and two youth were harmed:
Update: 16th and V Street SE: 2 vehicles - one roll-over. 2 extricated. Pedestrian very critically injured. Addtl male victim transported in crit. condition. 2 male juveniles transported with non-life threatening injuries. 1 adult male and female non-life threatening injuries. pic.twitter.com/9yluALslIM— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) April 21, 2019
The District has now seen eight traffic fatalities in 2019, following an uptick in traffic deaths over the past few years despite the city’s Vision Zero initiative to eradicate them by 2024. On Friday, well-known bike advocate Dave Salovesh was struck and killed on Florida Avenue NE by a man who police say had stolen a van nearby. Residents installed a white “ghost bike” at the intersection where Salovesh was killed and are pressing officials for safety improvements.
Some are also calling for changes at the intersection in Anacostia where Sunday’s fatal crash happened. They say the intersection has long been risky and needs traffic-slowing measures.
I just witnessed a horrific accident on 16th and Vst, SE. a car sped through 2 stop signs and T-boned a car carrying a family, then took out a pedestrian on the corner waiting to cross. We need speed bumps and a 4-way stop sign. #visionzerodc #VisionZero @DDOTDC @MayorBowser— Chris Atkin (@catkin76) April 21, 2019
My mother was in an accident on this very street this past summer. She was hit by a truck who ran through the stop sign at V St. 16th and V St needs a four-way stop sign and it needs one now. @DDOTDC. https://t.co/lQdyQ0TDgA— ron. (@rondtjr) April 21, 2019
When will @MayorBowser show leadership for the residents of SE and get a traffic signal installed at 16th and V SE? Another horrible accident occurred just now and lives may have been lost. Residents have been complaining about this intersection for years. #16VSEstopsignalNOW pic.twitter.com/h1slhhqcKn— Kimberly Stietz (@kcs41981) April 21, 2019
16th and V St SE intersection has always been an accident (no longer) waiting to happen. It’s a gamble every time. Stop signs needed at a minimum https://t.co/Hz8K8xHfnB— Russell Croy (@CROYYY) April 21, 2019
Hey #BikeDC and #WalkDC, I know we just mourned someone. We need you to come out again to demand Vision Zero in all parts of the city. This Wednesday evening, we will rally at V St and 16th St SE in Historic Anacostia. Time TBD, but it will be after work-ish. https://t.co/olVuytMOOQ— Matthew S, destroy all cars (@riotpedestrian) April 22, 2019
Update, 6:00 p.m.:
Late Monday afternoon, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) tweeted that it would make changes to the intersection, and that “work will begin on this immediately.” It also tweeted that it reviews locations for possible safety improvements “whenever there is a senseless loss of life as a the result of a traffic crash.” The agency did not offer other details.
Plans are underway to install an all-way stop at 16th and V Streets, SE as well as speed humps on the intersecting roadways. Work will begin on this immediately.— DDOT DC (@DDOTDC) April 22, 2019
This post has been updated with additional information from DDOT.