Hyattsville water main break unlikely linked to fatal car accident, police say

An icy road likely contributed to a Jan. 13 car accident that killed a pedestrian in Hyattsville, but that ice probably was not related to broken water mains nearby, Prince George’s County police said Wednesday.

The driver who lost control of a car in the 4800 block of Rhode Island Avenue most likely hit a patch of ice, but that ice was 40 to 50 yards from any broken mains, said police Lt. Bill Alexander. There was no trail of water or ice between the accident scene and the broken pipes, leading police to conclude it “very unlikely” that the two were related, Alexander said.

The accident killed Jose M. Huaman of the 4900 block of 42nd Place in Hyattsville. Huaman was walking when he was struck by the car after it crossed a median and crashed into a store, police said.

Officials for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, which provides water to Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, said at the time that there were two pipe leaks in the area of the accident. The breaks were caused by unusually cold temperatures, utility officials said.

 

 

Katherine Shaver is a transportation and development reporter. She joined The Washington Post in 1997 and has covered crime, courts, education and local government but most prefers writing about how people get — or don’t get — around the Washington region.
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