A 59-year-old New Jersey man was killed last night when his car was struck by a Metro bus and then crashed into a tree in the Wesley Heights area of upper northwest Washington. No passengers were aboard the bus.

Police identified the man as Donald Erikson, a pest control salesman from Marlton, N.J. The bus driver, Bertha Williams, 32, of 2109 I St. NE, was treated at Georgetown University Hospital and released, a hospital spokesman said.

Police said the bus was traveling northeast about 6:45 p.m. in the 4800 block of Loughboro Road when Erikson tried to enter Loughboro from University Terrace.

The bus hit the car on its driver's side and spun it into a tree. Erikson was taken to Sibley Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:05 p.m. An autopsy is scheduled for today.

Police said that after striking the car the bus continued for more than 300 feet, leaving more than 230 feet of skid marks in the street, until it struck a tree in a yard between two houses on Loughboro.

A Metro spokesman said that when the accident occurred Williams had completed her route in the Glover Park area and was returning the bus to Metro's Bladensburg garage in Northeast Washington.

Police charged Williams with failure to control the speed of her vehicle, pending further investigation.