WASHINGTON, DC — Metropolitan Police Department detectives from the Major Crash Investigations Unit are investigating two traffic fatalities that took place over the weekend in the District, according to a police release.
Following a preliminary investigation, detectives determined that around 11:12 p.m., on Friday, a pedestrian was walking at the intersection of 16th Street and L Street, Northwest, when he collapsed in the roadway. A vehicle heading eastbound on L Street Northwest drove over the pedestrian.
D.C. Fire and EMS transported the pedestrian to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for life-threatening injuries. All efforts to save his life failed and the the pedestrian was pronounced dead.
MPD identified the deceased pedestrian as Matthew Swearingen, 37, of Los Angeles, California.
Major Crash Investigations Unit detectives are also investigating another traffic fatality that occurred early Sunday morning in on I-395.
A preliminary investigation revealed that around 1:52 a.m., a pedestrian was walking northbound on I-395 near the exit ramp from the 9th Street Tunnel when he was struck by a vehicle. A second vehicle traveling westbound also struck the pedestrian. D.C. Fire and EMS transported the pedestrian to an area hospital to be treated for life-threatening injuries. The victim was pronounced dead after all life-saving efforts failed.
Police have not identified the pedestrian’s identity pending next of kin notification.
MPD asks anyone with information about either of these incidents to call 202-727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE at 50411.