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Two kids and their father hit by a car in D.C. on ‘Walk to School Day’

One of the children suffered serious injuries, police say.


Two children and their father were struck by a vehicle while walking to school Wednesday morning in Southeast Washington, according to police, who said one of the youngsters was seriously injured.

The crash occurred about 9:30 a.m. at Wheeler Road and Mississippi Avenue in the Congress Heights area.

Police said the father and the children, ages 6 and 8, were crossing Wheeler Road and were in a crosswalk when they were struck. Police said the driver was turning onto Wheeler from Mississippi.

There are traffic signals at the intersection, and police said they are investigating the circumstances of the crash. A police spokeswoman said the motorist drove away from the crash and stopped at a nearby police station.

Wednesday was “Walk to School Day,” an event held by schools across the nation the first Wednesday in October. The crash is the latest incident in which children have recently been struck by vehicles in the District.

Last month, a 4-year-old boy was struck by an SUV while crossing a street in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. On Sept. 13, 5-year-old Allison Hart was fatally struck by a van while riding her bike in a crosswalk in the Brookland area of Northeast.

No charges have been filed in those two cases, which remain under investigation.