Motorcyclist dies in SE D.C. crash

A motorcyclist was killed Wednesday night in a crash that forced D.C. police to shut down parts of Interstate 295 in Southeast Washington, officials said.

According to preliminary accounts, the motorcyclist fell in the northbound lanes of I-295, near the Suitland Parkway exit, about 7:44 p.m., said Officer Paul Metcalf, a police spokesman. He was then struck by a vehicle, and he suffered fatal injuries.

Police shut down the northbound lanes for at least two hours while they investigated.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.

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