Boy, 11, Injured in Hit-and-Run Accident
An 11-year-old boy rollerblading on a Northwest Washington street was critically injured last night in a hit-and-run accident, authorities said.
The boy was struck by a mid-size automobile about 7 p.m. in the 800 block of Madison Street and taken to Children's Hospital, according to officials. A police source who declined to be identified by name said a car that had been traveling north on Eighth Street at high speed turned left sharply onto Madison Street and struck the child, who was thrown onto the car's hood.
Farther down the street, the boy fell from the car, and the vehicle drove off, according to the police source.
"It was the worst thing I've ever seen," said neighborhood resident Michael DeBose.
The car may have been racing with another vehicle before the incident, the police source said.
Hoop Dreams Scholarships
Susie Kay, a government teacher at Woodson Senior High School, will give away almost $250,000 tomorrow in college scholarships that she and a battalion of volunteers raised in the Hoop Dreams basketball tournament last week on the Mall.
Kay will present 45 students from five District high schools with the scholarships during Woodson's graduation at the D.C. Armory. Five students from five other D.C. schools also will receive money.
Hoop Dreams, begun as a one-day event three years ago that raised $3,000, has grown to a yearlong effort culminating in a tournament with 128 teams and 1,500 players, volunteers, sponsors and politicians--including Mayor Anthony A. Williams and U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater.
Kay created the tournament not only to raise scholarship funds but also to bridge the racial gap by bringing her African American students from east of the Anacostia River together to play with white and black professionals and teenagers on the other side. This year, those links led to about 60 internships and jobs in dozens of companies, law firms and congressional offices.
Streets Close for Festivities
Pennsylvania Avenue between Third and Ninth streets NW will be closed from 2:30 a.m. today until midnight for Capital Pride festivities.
Other streets will shut down from noon to 3 p.m. for a festival parade. The parade will start at N Street NW and go down 23rd Street to P Street to Dupont Circle, then to New Hampshire Avenue to 17th Street NW. The parade will continue along P Street, onto Logan Circle, to 13th Street and down to Pennsylvania Avenue to the festival.
Traffic delays are expected in several areas this week. The D.C. Department of Public Works has begun to resurface Suitland Road between Alabama Avenue and 38th Street SE. At least one lane will be maintained in each direction during construction, which is scheduled for completion by September.
Nebraska Avenue, from Connecticut to Nevada avenues NW, is being reconstructed, according to public works. Two-way traffic will run at all times during the project, although lanes will be narrowed. The project is expected to be completed in December.
A $5.9 million project begins Monday in Northwest Washington in the Porter Street/Klingle Road corridor from Connecticut Avenue to Adams Mill Road. The work includes rebuilding the Porter Street bridge, redecking the Klingle Road bridge and resurfacing the Porter Street/Klingle Road corridor. The project is expected to take 15 months.
Road Race to Close Georgetown Streets
A road race in Georgetown will close some streets from 7 to 11 a.m today. Streets affected include 31st, 33rd, M and K streets NW, Canal and Reservoir Roads, MacArthur Boulevard, Q and N Streets, Foxhall Road and 35th Street. The race will end at the Georgetown waterfront.
Condemned Man Asks for Clemency
Lawyers for a man scheduled to be executed this week for killing his girlfriend's parents in 1990 are asking Gov. James S. Gilmore III for clemency, saying the man doesn't deserve to die when the girlfriend and conspirator got off with a lighter sentence.
The lawyers for Douglas Christopher Thomas filed a clemency petition Friday arguing that their client should not forfeit his life when his girlfriend, Jessica Wiseman, is not even in jail anymore.
Thomas, then 17, fatally shot Jessica Wiseman's parents as they slept in their Middlesex home Nov. 10, 1990. The Wisemans had been trying to break up the relationship between Thomas and their daughter, who was 14.
Like Thomas, Wiseman was convicted of murder. But state law forbade the trial of any juvenile under age 15 as an adult. The most a 14-year-old could be sentenced to was custody in the juvenile detention system until age 21. Wiseman served her time and has been released.
The lawyers are asking Gilmore (R) to commute Thomas's sentence to life.
Alexandria Fires Do $800,000 in Damage
Alexandria fire investigators are investigating an early morning fire Saturday in a trailer and two town houses in Old Town that caused $800,000 damage and injured two firefighters.
Fire officials said that firefighters, leaving a hotel construction site after extinguishing two minor blazes there, discovered a trailer and town house ablaze in the 1600 block of King Street. The fire spread to a second town home before it was brought under control. The trailer was destroyed, and the adjacent house was heavily damaged. The other town house suffered less damage.
One fire fighter suffered heat exhaustion and was treated at the scene. Another fire fighter hyperextended his leg and was treated and released at Inova Alexandria Hospital.
Fire officials said the hotel fire is also under investigation.
5 Rescued From Smoky Apartments
Prince George's County firefighters rescued four adults and a baby in Greenbelt yesterday after a fire broke out in a kitchen of the Springhill Lake Apartments.
"Due to the heavy smoke conditions, we found it necessary to evacuate the building via the ladders," said Prince George's Fire Department Battalion Chief Bobbi Sarra-Hinkson.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"She's now in touch with the enormity of the situation. She's scared to death."
--Isiah Dixson, attorney for Elizabeth Lois Feil, the Annapolis psychologist charged with aiding her lover and another man after a prison break.