There were no traffic deaths in D.C. last month, a record unequaled in 18 years. But three days into this month, three men have been killed on the city's streets.

James Curry, 37, of 414 Kentucky Ave. SE., died early yesterday of injuries after he was run over by a Metrobus Thursday night, D.C. police said.

Curry was trying to catch a bus at 11th and M streets SE, as the bus was pulling away from the curb, according to police. Curry slipped on a patch of ice and fell beneath the rear wheels of the bus, police said.

A few hours earlier two District Heights men were killed when their car crashed into a tree during a police chase. The chase started when the men drove past a police barricade and onto the the route of Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begain's motorcade from Andrews Air Force Base, police said.

The driver, Wayne A. Hoffman, 21, and William B. Clements, 29, were killed when their car struck a tree at Martin Luther King Avenue and South Capitol Street, police reported.

So far this year's traffic death rate follows a downward trend.

In 1978 the city's traffic death toll of 51 was the lowest in the 56 years since the city began recording such statistics.

The city's two traffic fatalities in January were children. Gregory Williams, 5, of 5909 Eastern Ave., Hyattsville, was struck by a car and killed when he tried to cross Riggs Road near Eastern Avenue of Jan. 20, police said.

Marcus K. Gardner, also 5, died Jan, 27 of injuries suffered when he was hit by a car six months earlier. Gardner, of 124 Atlantic St. SE, had darted out into the road between parked cars a short distance from his home, police said.