D.C. pedestrian dies after accident near cathedral

By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A man struck by a car near Washington National Cathedral died Monday, one of two pedestrians fatally injured at prominent Washington sites in recent days.

The man, thought to be in his 70s, was hit Saturday at 34th Street and Cleveland Avenue NW, across from the eastern edge of the cathedral grounds, police said.

D.C. police said they were told that he was trying to cross at 7:15 p.m. when he stopped and was hit by a car headed northwest on Cleveland. He was taken to Washington Hospital Center, where he died, police said.

Police are seeking help in identifying him. They said he had white hair and wore blue pants and brown New Balance athletic shoes. Interviews with residents Tuesday night did not find anyone who knew him.

An advisory neighborhood commissioner said the intersection was "very problematic" and presented traffic hazards.

In the other pedestrian fatality, a 76-year-old Northwest Washington man died Monday after being hit Sunday while crossing a street on the Mall.

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