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Highway Accident Brief: Fatal Pedestrian Collision with Car Washington, DC, August 18, 2016

Executive Summary

​On Thursday, August 18, 2016, about 2:20 a.m., a 2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK 320 coupe was traveling south on 9th Street NW in Washington, DC. As the 31-year-old driver approached the intersection of 9th and P streets, the traffic signal for southbound vehicular traffic was green. A 44-year-old male, walking with a female companion, attempted to cross 9th Street from the southeast corner of the intersection. Neither pedestrian was in the crosswalk.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the crash in Washington, DC, was the pedestrian’s decision to cross the street outside the crosswalk and against the traffic signal. Contributing to his poor decision-making was alcohol impairment. Further contributing to the crash was the driver’s impairment from alcohol, which most likely diminished her ability to detect and avoid the pedestrian.

Accident Location: Washington , DC USA  
Accident Date: 8/18/2016
Accident ID: HWY16SH023, DCA15SS005

Date Adopted: 9/24/2018
NTSB Number: HAB1815
NTIS Number:  

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