Local Digest: Woman fatally struck by bus; Montgomery stabbing victim dies

June 25
THE DISTRICT
Woman fatally struck by downtown bus

A woman who was hit by a vehicle Tuesday afternoon on downtown Washington’s K Street NW has died, according to D.C. police, who said she was struck while running to catch a commuter bus.

Police identified the woman as Beverly Williams, 58, of La Plata, Md. The accident occurred about 5:40 p.m. at 18th and K streets NW. Police said Williams fell as she ran and was struck by the bus she was trying to catch.

— Peter Hermann

MARYLAND
Victim dies days after
Montgomery stabbing

The victim of a Silver Spring stabbing died of his injuries Monday, and Montgomery County police are charging the man accused of assaulting him with first-degree murder.

Tomas Herrera Batres, 49, was found suffering from stab wounds last week in an apartment on the 8200 block of Piney Branch Road, where he lived. A witness saw a man running from the apartment building and followed him in a car. The witness led police officers to Ulises A. Blanco-Melgar, according to a police news release.

Blanco-Melgar, 31, of Hyattsville, was charged initially with attempted first-degree murder and assault. He has been in jail since the June 19 stabbing, police said.

— Julie Zauzmer

Two deaths attributed
to hot weather

Two adults have died in Maryland because of the heat, the first such deaths in the summer 2014 season, health officials said Wednesday. Both were older than 65 and had underlying health conditions.

One was a woman in Harford County; the other was a man in Baltimore County. Both deaths occurred during the week of June 17.

In 2013, there were 17 confirmed heat-related deaths from May through September in Maryland. In 2012, there were 46 confirmed heat-related deaths during that period, with 34 in 2011 and 32 in 2010.

— Lena H. Sun

VIRGINIA
Man dies of injuries after house fire

An elderly man has died of injuries suffered in a Clifton house fire Wednesday, the Fairfax County fire department said.

Firefighters were called to a single-family home at 5605 Willow Valley Road about 4:25 a.m., the department said. They encountered heavy smoke coming from the first floor of the two-story home. Two adults had escaped from the home before the crew’s arrival.

The man was flown to a hospital and later died. His name is being withheld, pending the notification of next of kin.

— Justin Jouvenal

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