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Man killed crossing Rt. 198 in Laurel

A 73-year-old man was struck by a car and killed Tuesday night as he tried to cross Route 198 in Laurel, police said.

The incident occurred just after 11 p.m. near the intersection of Route 198 and Route 197 — a dimly lit area, said Jim Collins, a Laurel City Police spokesman.

The man, who authorities identified as Charles Tate, of Laurel, was trying to cross Route 198 about 50 feet outside of a crosswalk when he was struck by a 2007 Ford Focus headed west, Collins said. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Collins said the driver of the Focus remained at the scene after the crash. He said the investigation is continuing, but it does not appear that the driver will be charged with any crimes.

Matt Zapotosky covers the federal district courthouse in Alexandria, where he tries to break news from a windowless office in which he is not allowed to bring his cell phone.


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