A 29-year-old man died Wednesday after succumbing to his injuries from a hit-and-run crash that took place Tuesday night in the 2600 block of North Capitol Street, say D.C. police. Southeast resident Jascha Wilson was in the road at around 9:50 p.m. when the driver of a 2012 Dodge Challenger struck him. The driver then fled the scene, per police.
Authorities are investigating the collision and ask anyone with information about it to call the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099. Wilson died at a local hospital after being taken there for life-threatening injuries by emergency responders. His death is the 16th traffic fatality D.C. has seen and the third pedestrian fatality to occur on North Capitol Street in 2019, according to police reports. The other two pedestrian deaths happened in February.
North Capitol Street is six travel lanes across at the location of Tuesday’s crash, with small islands dividing northbound and southbound traffic. The street borders the McMillan Sand Filtration Site and Northeast’s Stronghold neighborhood, which hugs Glenwood Cemetery.
Total traffic deaths in the District are down roughly 24 percent as compared to this point last year, when 21 traffic deaths had already been recorded. Earlier this month, the passenger of a 2011 Infiniti M37X died in the 1200 block of Harvard Street NW, in Columbia Heights, when the driver lost control of the car and careened into a parking-lot gate at a local charter school.