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Monday, September 10, 2007

THE DISTRICT

Cyclist Killed in Collision With SUV

A bicyclist was killed yesterday morning when he was hit by a sport-utility vehicle in downtown Washington, D.C. police said.

They said a man on a bike was crossing 14th Street NW at K Street when he was hit by a 1999 Honda Passport about 9:15 a.m.

Police have not released the cyclist's name, pending notification of his family. They said the driver of the SUV was Carlos Bayona, 18, of the 1400 block of P Street NW. No charges had been filed yesterday evening.

The bicyclist was taken to George Washington University Hospital and pronounced dead about an hour after the crash. The police department's major crashes unit is investigating the accident.

-- Jenna Johnson

NW Man, Fatally Shot, Found in Car

The body of a man who had been shot in the head was found by police who were investigating a car crash in Southeast Washington on Saturday, a D.C. police spokesman said yesterday.

At 6:18 p.m. Saturday, police responded to reports of a car hitting a parked vehicle in the 2200 block of Prout Street, Sgt. Joe Gentile said. When they got there, they found a 23-year-old man in the driver's seat. He had a gunshot wound to the head and showed no signs of life, Gentile said. The man was pronounced dead by the medical examiner's office.

Police identified the dead man as Marvin Leon Carter of the 1400 block of Spring Road NW.

-- Jenna Johnson

VIRGINIA JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER

Mothers of Assaulted Boys File Suit

The mothers of two preteen boys who were raped while in a detention center in Newport News, Va., are seeking $100 million apiece, accusing officials of neglecting to provide a safe environment.

The lawsuits claim damages for physical injuries, violation of the boys' civil rights, and pain and suffering. Named in the suit are the city and the director of Newport News Juvenile Services.

The two sexual assaults, which occurred in 2003 and 2004 at the old Juvenile Detention Center in Newport News, prompted an internal review that found that the city employees who supervised the children followed state rules in placing the juveniles together.

"We've already denied that the city has any financial or legal liability," said Chief Deputy City Attorney Allen L. Jackson. "And we intend to defend the case accordingly."

-- Associated Press

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