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Body found near burning car in Northeast D.C.

A man who was found dead inside a burning car that crashed Wednesday night in Northeast Washington had been behind the wheel of a taxi, according to D.C. police.

The crash occurred shortly after 9 p.m. in the rear of the 1400 block of Brentwood Parkway, near Gallaudet University and just south of New York Avenue.

Police said officers who responded to calls about the crash found a four-door Lincoln taxi on fire. Authorities said it had run off a driveway and into a fence.

D.C. police said in a statement that firefighters pulled the body of the driver from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said Thursday afternoon that they do not know the identify of the drive. They have not released the name of the taxi company.

Police said believe the death and the car fire were the result of the crash, but the incident remains under investigation. A cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy.

Anyone with information can call 202-727-9099 or send a text message to 50411.

This item has been updated.


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