Tree in Md. takes down wires, utility pole; D.C. man killed

August 21, 2011

A 19-year-old man died in Prince George’s County early Saturday after a utility pole snapped and electric wires fell in an incident authorities believe may be connected to Friday night’s fierce storms.

County police said Indy Robert Saunders, of the 3500 block of Southern Avenue in Southeast Washington, died in the 3200 block of Naylor Road.

Mark E. Brady, spokesman for the fire department, said a large tree apparently fell onto power lines, bringing them down and snapping the utility pole.

Brady said that Saunders suffered crush injuries and burns to more than half of his body. Officials said they could not get to the man until power was shut off. However, they said they think he died instantly.

It was not clear Saturday whether the storm was also connected to a pedestrian fatality Friday night in the Capitol Hill area.

A man was struck by a truck at Eighth Street and Virginia Avenue SE about 7:30 p.m., D.C. police said. At that time, measurements showed rain was falling heavily within a few miles of the site.

A police department statement said the incident was under investigation.

Elsewhere in the area, little could be learned Saturday about the man and woman struck by lightning on a tree lined residential street in the Clarendon area of Arlington County. The woman was believed to be a neighborhood resident, and her injuries appeared particularly severe, according to someone living in that section.

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