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The Metropolitan Police Department today announced D.C.’s 16th traffic fatality this year, after a Metro bus struck a 64-year-old man last Thursday around 6:20 a.m. in Woodridge.
The man, Reginald Rubin Burrell, died yesterday at the hospital due to “a possible complication from the injuries sustained at the time of the collision.” According to an MPD press release, “The male lost his balance and fell against the bus and eventually to the ground as the bus was pulling away from the bus stop” on the 2800 block of Bladensburg Road NE. “Unaware that the man had fallen, the driver pulled away, running over his leg.”
MPD is investigating the case, and Metro spokesperson Sherri Ly says the transit agency is cooperating with police.
Traffic fatalities are down 23.8 percent from the same time last year, when there had been 21. The District saw 26 traffic fatalities in 2014, a decline of more than 20 percent from five years prior. An initiative D.C. is participating in called Vision Zero aims to eliminate such fatalities by 2024.
The B2, B8, B9, and H6 Metro bus routes run along the 2800 stretch of Bladensburg Road NE.
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