Scooter Rider Dies in Hit-and-Run

By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, October 4, 2009

Allen P. Parker, whose bicycle had been stolen, was riding a child's scooter on the night he was struck and killed in Northwest Washington by a hit-and-run driver, according to D.C. police.

Parker, 40, died in what appeared to be the most recent fatal hit-and-run collision in the Washington area, which, AAA said, has been experiencing an increase in such incidents. The majority of hit-and-run fatalities in the Washington area have involved pedestrians.

It appeared highly unusual for any fatal traffic accident to involve a two-wheeled, foot-powered push scooter.

Police said Parker was riding the scooter about 10:25 p.m. Sept. 26 as he headed north in the 4300 block of Georgia Avenue NW.

A dark-colored auto, also traveling north, hit the rear of the scooter, police said in a statement.

The car did not stop, police said, and was last seen headed west in the 1000 block of Webster Street NW, around the corner from where Parker was hit.

Parker lived in the 400 block of Emerson Street NW, less than a mile from the scene of the crash. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead less than an hour later.

Parker was a construction worker and "always rode a bike," said Okeshia Reeves, who said she was the mother of Parker's six children.

"He was a loving, caring person," who "loved his kids" and "took care of his kids all the time," she said.

Reeves said Parker had attended Roosevelt High School in the Petworth section of Northwest and lived in that area all his life. He had six brothers and a sister, Reeves said.

She said she did not know where Parker was headed Saturday when he picked up a scooter from the house and left. It belonged to one of their daughters, Reeves said.

"His bike got stolen," she said.

Reeves said she has not heard of any progress in finding the driver who struck Parker.

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