- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Metropolitan Police Department said yesterday that it had little eyewitness information about the motorist who killed a D.C. woman on Wednesday while driving in reverse on Eighth Street Northwest.

“We have no usable description,” a police department spokesman said yesterday.

Police have identified the vehicle as a 1992 Ford Crown Victoria and said the accident occurred Wednesday at about 9 p.m. when the victim was crossing Eighth Street in the 1700 block.

The victim, Angela Lynette Noble, 44, of the 1800 block of Eighth Street Northwest, was pronounced dead at Howard University Hospital and was the 12th pedestrian killed in an accident in the District this year, D.C. Department of Transportation officials said.

Police said that the car was going north and that the driver ran away from the accident scene.

They did not know whether Miss Noble was in a crosswalk at the time of the accident.

There were 10 pedestrian fatalities by this time last year, officials said. Sixteen pedestrians were killed in 2005, compared with 10 in 2004.

In 1993, 25 pedestrians were killed on the city’s streets.

“We’re slightly above where we were at this point last year,” DDOT spokesman Erik Linden said. “That’s one of the reasons we’ve stepped up our partnership with [D.C. police] as far as doing random pedestrian- and motorist-enforcement campaigns.”

Mr. Linden said D.C. police and his agency have gone to dangerous intersections to remind drivers and pedestrians about the importance of adhering to traffic laws and staying in crosswalks.

“With our increased development comes more pedestrians,” he said. “But we have to continue to work hard to educate the public.”

The area where Miss Noble was killed is about a mile from the Washington Convention Center. Mr. Linden said DDOT would look at the area to see whether it is a potential pedestrian hot spot.

Terry Lynch, executive director of the Downtown Cluster of Congregations, said he recently worked with police to improve safety signs in the Chinatown area but that the Convention Center neighborhood still needs work.

“That’s a very dangerous set of streets there,” he said. “There’s a lot of commuter thoroughfares. … The police are complaining to me about it.”

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