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Driver of Truck Hits Child at Potomac/Penn Intersection

A young boy was hit by the driver of a vehicle near the intersection of Pennsylvania and Potomac Avenues SE around 7:45 a.m. the morning of Wednesday, June 1.

The boy was transported to an area hospital. Police said he was “unconscious but breathing”. The driver remained on scene.

Officers did not provide any further information about the circumstances. The Major Crash Unit is investigating, they said.

The intersection is well known in the area as a site of frequent traffic incidents injuring pedestrians, cyclists and motorists and has been pointed to repeatedly by representatives of the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) as a matter that requires critical attention.

Pennsylvania and Potomac Avenue Intersection redesign, 65% design. DDOT presentation to ANC 6B December 2020.

Improvements to the intersection of 14th Street with Potomac and Pennsylvania Avenues, where the driver of the truck hit the boy, were originally proposed in the 2005 Middle Anacostia River Crossings Transportation Study (MAC).

Although a design for the project has been selected, the project has not yet been funded. If the project is included in the budget, the earliest improvements could be implemented is 2024.

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