Crash Knocks Sign Into Pedestrian

A pedestrian was injured yesterday in Prince George's County when he was struck by a traffic sign -- apparently one intended to keep pedestrians safe.

Two cars collided in the Langley Park area, and one ran into a traffic sign, which then hit a man, a county police spokeswoman said. The incident occurred about 4 p.m. in the 7900 block of New Hampshire Avenue, Cpl. Kim Brown said.

The pedestrian's name was not given, but he was said to be in his twenties. Mark Brady, a spokesman for the county fire and rescue service, said the man was taken to a hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening.

Police did not describe the traffic sign involved, but two television stations' coverage of the incident showed the sign as a yellow diamond-shaped marker, with a silhouette of a pedestrian, indicating a point where people are crossing. It had been in the median of the street.

Two Killed in Largo Car Accident

Two men died in a car crash yesterday morning in Largo, Prince George's County police said.

Police said they were dispatched to Harry S. Truman Drive and Prince Place shortly after 3 a.m. after a driver lost control of a vehicle and hit a curb and utility pole. The driver was taken to a hospital. Police said that two passengers, whom they did not identify, died.

Driver Dies After Collision in Bowie

A collision between two vehicles Saturday killed a man in Bowie.

Prince George's County police said they responded shortly after 9 p.m. to an accident at London Lane and Collington Road. They said a driver failed to yield and was struck by a Nissan Sentra driven by Lenard Paul Schindler, 51. Schindler died, police said.

Driver Severely Burned After Crash

A driver suffered severe burns yesterday after a crash in Oxon Hill resulted in a fire.

Prince George's County police said that about 2:30 a.m., the driver of a Mercury struck a tree and then a guardrail at Livingston and Bock roads. A fire followed, resulting in burns to most of the driver's body. Police said the driver was in critical condition yesterday.


Alexandria Man With Dementia Found

A man with dementia who went for a walk Saturday and did not return home was found after hours of searching, Alexandria police said early today.

John Patrick Steele, 70, who goes by "Jack," lives alone in the 1600 block of Chapel Hill Drive. He often walks along Seminary Road and Duke Street in Alexandria's West End, police said.

Steele had been last seen heading east in the 4500 block of Seminary Road about noon Saturday. When he did not come home by around midnight, friends called police.

Officers combed the area around his house yesterday, and Fairfax County police sent a helicopter and bloodhound to help the search.

Early this morning, Amy Bertsch, a spokeswoman for the Alexandria police, said that Steele had been found in Bethesda.

Bertsch said that details were not immediately available.

Unidentified Man Killed on I-395

An unidentified man was killed early yesterday on Interstate 395. The man was hit by a car in a southbound HOV lane between the 14th Street bridge and the Pentagon before 3:30 a.m., according to Sgt. Robert H. Campbell of the Virginia State Police.

The driver who hit him said the victim was in the road when he ran over him, Campbell said.

The victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was carrying no identification. He was described as a black man, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, in his mid- to late twenties.

Police said he had suffered "significant injuries," including head injuries, lacerations to his torso and several fractures. He was taken to Inova Alexandria Hospital at the medical examiner's request.

About 200 yards south of the scene, an abandoned vehicle was found on the right shoulder of I-395, across the dividing wall from the HOV lane. The car had extensive damage on the front end, passenger side and rear. Virginia State Police are working with police in the District, where the car was registered, to see whether the man was the car's owner.


2 Metro Stations Likely to Reopen Today

Two Orange Line stations that were closed over the weekend should reopen in time for this morning's commute, Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said.

Repairs on the aging rail lines near the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU and Dunn Loring/Merrifield stations were on schedule as of yesterday afternoon, Taubenkibel said. The stations should reopen at 5 a.m. today.


Three Killed in Weekend Shootings

Three men were killed this weekend in separate shootings, D.C. police said.

One victim, identified yesterday as Samari Young, 29, of Hyattsville was shot in the head and body early Saturday in the 400 block of Kennedy Street NW.

A 28-year-old District man was shot to death Saturday night in the 2900 block of Mills Avenue NE. Police responded to the area at 11:10 p.m. after neighbors heard shots, and officers found James Mims of Hamlin Street suffering from gunshot wounds. Mims was taken to Howard University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A 35-year-old Southeast man was shot early yesterday in the 3500 block of B Street SE. Police were initially sent at 12:32 a.m. for a report of a man carrying a gun. When officers arrived, they found Robert Smith, a resident of the street, with bullet wounds. Smith was taken to the D.C. medical examiner's office, where he was pronounced dead.

Sgt. Joe Gentile, a police spokesman, said anyone with information on the shootings should call 202-727-9099. Anyone providing information leading to an arrest in the homicides could collect a reward of as much as $25,000.

"If you can find humor in your own tragedy, then you're definitely a lot better off."

-- Marine Lance Cpl. Ryan Autery, on recovering from the amputation

of his left arm after being wounded in Iraq. -- A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Martin Weil, Allan Lengel, Lila de Tantillo, Michael Alison Chandler, John Wagner and Paul Schwartzman.

John P. Steele was found in Bethesda, police said today.