A 29-year-old District man was killed early this morning when his car was struck head-on by a sport utility vehicle speeding on the wrong side of Wisconsin Avenue NW, D.C. police said.
The driver of the SUV, 42-year-old Kadri Atalay of Gaithersburg, was charged with second-degree murder in the crash, D.C. police spokesman Sgt. Joe Gentile said.
Three blocks of Wisconsin Avenue, a major artery into the District, were shut down by police for several hours after the collision. The road reopened shortly after 9:30 a.m.
Atalay was driving a Mercedes SUV south on Wisconsin Ave. at a high rate of speed just north of the Washington National Cathedral about 1:55 a.m., Gentile said.
Approaching the intersection with Woodley Road, the SUV crossed into the northbound lane, then struck a Chrysler Sebring.
The driver of the Sebring, whose name was withheld pending notification of next of kin, was pronounced dead an hour later at the Medstar trauma unit of the Washington Hospital Center, police said. He was the only occupant of the vehicle, which careened into a parked car after being hit.
Atalay, of the 15600 block of Marathon Circle, was taken to Washington Hospital Center with non-life threatening injuries.
After striking the Sebring, Atalay's SUV also hit a parked car before coming to rest upside-down in front of an apartment building at 3213 Wisconsin Ave.
While the accident remains under investigation, Gentile said, preliminary information suggests that both alcohol and excessive speed were contributing factors. The posted speed limit on that stretch of Wisconsin Avenue -- lined by apartment buildings and shops -- is 25 mph.